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Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days

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What’s with all the Second World War articles? When I was 12 in the UK, I always used to talk with my buddies and role play events regarding Japan and World War 2. But then I grew up, and realized it was nearly 100 years ago and not even on the surface anymore, whilst we never forget, it gets tiresome all the articles on this in twenty twenty

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I have always been extremely anti-robot and anti-ai, but there are two places that ai should only be. Very heavenly regulated in the space science industry and the health industry. No where else.

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This kind of action is really meaningful.

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Memory like history is subject to interpretation. So it depends on the story that these memories are used to to tell. A reminder of the horrors of war which must never be started again or we were victims?

You decide.

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Seriously? Another article of their WW2 thing?

Why Japanese need this revisionism and victimization of that portion of history?

I come from the other two countries who fought and lost “rightfully” the war.

I’m German-Italian,we were wrong and we apologize,we keep study that part of history to remember and that’s it.

But man,the Japanese are really willing to rewrite their own history.

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Dear's PEACE PREVAIL ON THE EARTH. PEACE SPREDING TO THE WORLD,

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William77Today  05:42 pm JST

Seriously? Another article of their WW2 thing?

Why Japanese need this revisionism and victimization of that portion of history?

The Japanese harp on WWII for the same reason that they refuse to give up the first paragraph of Article 9 which prohibits the use of war to settle disputes. They don't ever want to repeat it. So where is this "revisionism"? Japan has never claimed to have been bombed by the U.S. for no reason. And the civilians of Japan, along with Germany, Italy, Russiam China, every country were "victims".

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You always try to play the professor in all of your posts and most of the time with arguable statistics.

And yes there is revisionism in Japan,have you ever heard of Nippon Kaigi?

Which a good bunch of heir government is implied,your propaganda sometimes is sickening.

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And yes there is revisionism in Japan,have you ever heard of Nippon Kaigi?

Exactly.

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William77Today  06:21 pm JST

You always try to play the professor in all of your posts and most of the time with arguable statistics.

And yes there is revisionism in Japan,have you ever heard of Nippon Kaigi?

Which a good bunch of heir government is implied,your propaganda sometimes is sickening.

Here are some facts which are not arguable.

Nippon Kaigi, founded in 1997 and has 38,000 members. Has some influence upon the LDP. Actual damage to other countries, zero.

The CCP, founded in 1921. Has 90,500,000 members and fully controls China. Actual damage to other countries, too many to fully list; Tibet, Uighurs, breaking the promise of Hong Kong, threatening Taiwan with military force, taking over the South China Sea and other nation's territories, attempting to take the Senkakus from Japan in the East China Sea, starting a conflict with India, on and on and on.

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Yeah. It was over 80 years ago. A lifespan. Worth remembering, as if that is a 'value' assignment. Certainly. The casual comments viewed in the media and posts about war with China, ignore what the result of such an encounter would bring. To look at the current destruction in war zones, which are horrible, pales before an all out war between so called superpowers. WW2, it should be impresses into the mind, in order to realize what such entails. WW3 would bring the destruction and ruin of all.

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It is amazing how well the colorisation AI works. There are some fine examples provided by Tsukuba University. You can upload your BW image and colorise it. See what you think.

http://iizuka.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/projects/colorization/web/

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Those are big slices of watermelon!

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I don't mind seeing this stuff. With all that is going on in this world, it is good to remember why we don't want to repeat WWII. Amazing AI work. Would love to see non-war stuff as well done up the same way.

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WW2 keeps cropping up because for a number of reasons, i.e. what GHQ did (reinstating class A war criminals to power who then formed the LDP) still defines today's Japan.

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"What’s with all the Second World War articles?"

"Seriously? Another article of their WW2 thing?"

I guess some people don't pay attention to anniversary years. This year is the 75th anniversary of the war's conclusion. That's why there are more stories than usual in 2020 compared to 2019 or 2018. You can anticipate a lot of coverage around this time of year on at least three more anniversaries in the future: The 80th in 2025, the 90th in 2035, and the 100th in 2045. I agree it's overkill, and I very much hope that excessive coverage doesn't mark the 85th (2030) or 95th (2040) anniversaries.

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Oh, the irony of those coming onto a Japan related website and complaining about news articles about Japanese remembrance of WW2 and the atomic bombings. If you don't like it, then don't come to this website. Incredible how this seems such a hard concept for some to grasp. I bet these same people would not complain if their home countries had constant reminders of how their nation dealt with world wars. Hypocrisy as usual.

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The Japanese self defense forces have not been involved in any action overseas resulting in the death of anyone in 75 years. Not many countries can say that.

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The Japanese self defense forces have not been involved in any action overseas resulting in the death of anyone in 75 years. Not many countries can say that.

It's not entirely true. The JGSDF engineers unit working in South Sudan in 2016 provided ammunition to the South Korean Army units there which were under sustained attack defending the town of Bor. The South Koreans had expended nearly all of their ammunition fighting off rebel attacks. The Japanese supplied the South Koreans with the additional ammunition they needed to defeat the rebels and protect the town. No, the JGSDF troops did not directly engage rebel forces but their ammo fired from South Korean rifles did. That ammo made the difference though and ROK forces eventually prevailed. Without that ammo they would have been over run.

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Oh, the irony of those coming onto a Japan related website and complaining about news articles about Japanese remembrance of WW2 and the atomic bombings. If you don't like it, then don't come to this website. Incredible how this seems such a hard concept for some to grasp. I bet these same people would not complain if their home countries had constant reminders of how their nation dealt with world wars. Hypocrisy as usual.

Oh boy, i've to agree with this.

It is an irony (blatant hypocrisy), that the majority of weapons & military equipment produced are from the "Western hemisphere".

Japan, even China, & the rest of Asia (excluding the middle east) are relatively pacifist for the past few decades, compared to many "actors" & "agitators" from that very region. I wonder why.

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If young people can't see why we need to talk about WW2 on the 75 th anniversary of it's end, then our education system has failed miserably. The average age of death on one side of my family was 29 in 1945. If we don't remember we will repeat.

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