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Emperor expresses sympathy to Vietnamese families left by Japanese soldiers

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"who faced difficulties and discrimination."

Maybe not colonize and cause atrocities in other Asian countries then? Nice of them to apologize, but how about apologizing to the nation for the thousands murdered? Japan set up what would later be the Hanoi Hilton and tortured Vietnamese who refused to comply with Japanese colonial rule, forced Japanese education on them, etc.

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The Emperor is all class, I wish more of the government followed his lead.

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gogogo - indeed.

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Japan wasn't the first colonizer of Vietnam. Hỏa Lò Prison, known as "Hanoi Hilton", was built by the French around 1900 to hold and torture political prisoners. But yes, nice gesture by the Emperor and Empress, and good of the Vietnamese to host them.

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King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

Although I have no idea how to say this.

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The Emperor friendly & peace gestures should now extend inward to Japan itself and probably need to remind Japan right wing war-stirring elements including PM Abe not to repeat history. A a return to war with its neighbors will bring great tragic to Japanese and Asians. Japanese are Asians and in Asia, not some pseudo-whites. Don't play into US militaristic ambitions; a highly dangerous path. Just look at Middle East; the tragic of war, death & destruction can be seen daily. Be tolerance, live peacefully with your Asian neighbors and stop adding fuel to fire. Prevention is much better. China today is not 70-100 years ago, where it was bullied. Russia is also at the wing. Keep quiet and be contented; don't quarrel over some silly deserted rocks in the ocean.

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A_cross: "Japan wasn't the first colonizer of Vietnam. Hỏa Lò Prison, known as "Hanoi Hilton", was built by the French around 1900 to hold and torture political prisoners."

Sorry, you are correct, and I did not mean "set up" but used the prison set up by the French (IndoChina) and that would later become known as the Hanoi Hilton. The Japanese converted it slightly and used the same torture devices plus lined people up in the small yard, etc. They were not the first to colonize them, but they should not be given a free pass because of that, either. I have no doubt they probably wanted to extend the apology to Vietnam in general as well, and I like the Emperor and Empress very much because they are often a refreshing change from the Household Agency that controls them, but said Agency would never allow it (and with him wanting to Abdicate and needing permission despite being God in their minds, he doesn't want to push it).

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smithinjapan

As I perused these forums from time to time, I found myself respecting a majority of your comments but you are wrong on this one. This doesn't mean I have loss any respect for the most of you or your comments. I saw Strangerland's slight toward you a few years ago but bit my tongue. That guy is a delusional child that claims to run his own company. Imagine someone doing that on the Internet? Although his offensive comments toward you were/are still allowed on these boards, I felt I should speak up finally against your minor digression.

Although Japan did commit atrocities during their IJA colonist years, the current Emperor and Empress had nothing to do with it. They can only try to mend the wounds. It is really up to the Japanese government to make a larger gesture of apology to those that were hurt during that time.

Take care, USAF

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Without the Emperor batting cleanup around Asia it's a wonder Japan has any friends at all

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The Emperor must feel a certain guilt for the sins of his father which may explain his visits to some countries ravaged by the IJA. A few "politically incorrect" people may be disappointed, though, that he didn't apologize (no doubt under strict orders not to) for the political and logistical support the Japanese government gave to the war of aggression against the people of Vietnam (2 million dead) waged by the USA, a historical fact that even today all too many are in denial of because acknowledgment of this inconvenient truth would take them way, way out of their comfort zone created by fake history.

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soldiers was forced to leave after the Communists defeated French forces

I don't understand why the Japanese soldiers were "forced" to leave Viet Nam. Since they fought for Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh and helped defeat the French, why would the communist force them to leave?

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smithinjapan

As I perused these forums from time to time, I found myself respecting a majority of your comments but you are wrong on this one. This doesn't mean I have loss any respect for the most of you or your comments. I saw Strangerland's slight toward you a few years ago but bit my tongue. That guy is a delusional child that claims to run his own company. Imagine someone doing that on the Internet? Although his offensive comments toward you were/are still allowed on these boards, I felt I should speak up finally against your minor digression.

Although Japan did commit atrocities during their IJA colonist years, the current Emperor and Empress had nothing to do with it. They can only try to mend the wounds. It is really up to the Japanese government to make a larger gesture of apology to those that were hurt during that time.

Take care, USAF

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