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China furious at NHK manager's Nanjing denial

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but that is not limited to the Japanese.

"Other people do bad things, too!" DOES NOT EXCUSE "We did something bad."

If you use that as your defense in a murder trial you'd be laughed all the way to prison. "But I'm not the only person who murders people!"

And it really muddles your message to say both "We didn't do it" and "other countries did it too" at the same time. Which one is it?

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China is going to exhaust itself if it is going to get infuriated at every person who says something that they don't agree with.

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I’m flabbergasted at how the U.S. could just keep on saying ” hoping all parties adhere to international norms and seek peaceful solution". I would feel better if U.S. government went to Japan, India, the Philippines and Vietnam with the political courage and message: you are on our own.

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"There was no such thing " and " There is no reason to teach these things to children in compulsory education,” he said."

300 or 30 thousand ...still a major WW2 massacre that DID happen and should be taught about. This guys statement is disgusting and he should be removed from his public broadcaster position, in fact in a place like Germany ( that Japan most often get compared to when it comes to WW2 issues ) or most other advanced democracies he no doubt would be ...but in Abes version of TIJ, there is no problem with these kind of statements by prominent individuals. Japan is beginning to take an ugly turn.

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If the political situation in China wasn't so tragic, the CCP's fury would be hilarious - "“a barefaced challenge to international justice”. Before mouthing off the CCP should consider its own affronts to international justice, rather than decrying the musings of an ill informed individual in Japan

Annexation of Tibet; attempts to annex the South China Sea and pulling out of UN process to resolve disputes; refusal to acknowledge international tribunals like the ICJ; imprisonment and/or exile of pro-democracy and human rights activists etc etc. The CCP has no concept of 'international justice'.

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NHK is government funded and tends to express the government view. This fact is known to everyone. The Chinese knows that too. So whatever NHK says, or in this case what its boss says, is often interpreted to be of general application in the Japanese government. To the Chinese, what Momii says is almost as significant as what Mr Abe says.

The government should remove Momii. Unless what he says is what the government intends. One suspects the latter is true.

This is sneaky politics. Let a "private" citizen say the things they want said, and pretend they are not responsible.

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During the war there probably were atrocities committed by some members of the military, but that is not limited to the Japanese. There is no reason to teach these things to children in compulsory education

I was so embarrassed about all the things Japan has done and had no clue about it until I left Japan and lived abroad. All I learned in school was what the U.S. has done (mainly in Hiroshima) and they don't even teach us about Pearl Harbor. I love Japan and proud to be one, but Japan will never move forward with that kind of attitude. Instead of poiting a finger at others, we should face and acknowledge the fact and should'nt be afraid of passing it on the next generation.

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There's actually a silver lining to this. It's not included here, but the Chinese statement refers to the existence of only a "handful" of Japanese deniers. They're not blaming the entire nation.

Which can only be good.

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Yet another reason to not pay NHK fees

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For Japan it is definately not a good thing especially her security if the 'Najian massacre' denial continues to drag on and on .... The sino-Japanese war happened during the KMT-era when Generalissmo Chiang Kai-Shek running China. For the Chinese communist government, they hates Chiang as well but if Japan keep that denials is adding ammunitions for Chinese government's political campaign against Japan and will resulting an a castastropic consequenes. The Chinese government has nothing to lose what they really happy is Japan's repeat denials, there is Japan's weakness and she is fearing!

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So, Abe was quoted today saying this: He said his doors to talk with Japan neighbours are not only open, but he says he will actively work hard to meet with the neighbours.

But when you have the government mouthpiece TV station like the NHK throwing insulting remarks like this everyday with casualness, why would anyone would want to meet with this man, and for what?

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rsgz4gg7y2Feb. 06, 2014 - 11:26AM JST NHK is government funded and tends to express the government view. This fact is known to everyone. The Chinese >knows that too.

Yes it is funded. Unlike all New sources, papers and TV stations in China which don't "tend" to express the Chinese government view but simply do. Western news sources constantly refer to Chinese TV stations as "Chinese government mouthpieces".

So whatever NHK says, or in this case what its boss says, is often interpreted to be of general application in the >Japanese government. To the Chinese, what Momii says is almost as significant as what Mr Abe says.

That's because China thinks the rest of the world is the same totalitarian realm as theirs. That the free world is a different is hard to understand for China. As I said, China is going to get exhausted getting infuriated at everyone.

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China is going to find any excuse to be furious. By now the Japanese should know to not give them a reason unless it's necessary.

I also expect that the Chinese would think that NHK was a government mouthpiece. It's the way China runs their country, after all.

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Any one familiar with my posts on the subject of Japan's pig-headed unwillingness to make amends to Imperial Japan's victims knows with what little regard I hold Japan on this count.

That being said, China should STFU.

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I also expect that the Chinese would think that NHK was a government mouthpiece

You obviously haven't been paying attention. NHK is a government mouthpiece

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It's like a Convict blasing the Victims they are innocent.

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