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Do you see any value in marking the anniversary each year of tragic events such as 9/11, the March 11, 2011 disaster, plane crashes, wartime atrocities and so on?

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the March 11, 2011 disaster

No use, just become routines and ceremonies without actual impact.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Energy/Japan-weighs-scrapping-60-year-life-limit-for-nuclear-reactors

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

Yes, History must not be forgotten even the one you do not like.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

If we don't remember how can we learn from our mistakes?

8 ( +15 / -7 )

It doesn't bring back victims, it looks too much into past instead ahead into future, and it is also very selective or unfair, because when considering many thousand years of history , only a few tragedies are remembered while most others, maybe even on the same day, are not. And of course we could easily find similar tragic events for every of the 365 calendar days.

5 ( +12 / -7 )

If we don't remember how can we learn from our mistakes?

I wonder how you come to the conclusion that anything is learned from those mistakes or tragic events. We have still atomic bombs, btw many more as in those times, still fight wars, then all those airplane crashes or ship accidents, victims and area damages after natural catastrophes, unsuccessful diving or space launch attempts, traffic accidents, kids forgotten in hot summers' cars, whatever you name it. No, we humans systemically DON'T learn from such tragedies at all.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

I see a value to those who care, but do not impose it.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

For major events, yes. The unwritten rules for what gets remembered though are quite selective and definitely politicized.

For not so major ones, no. Here in Nagano, that ski bus crash in Karuizawa is mentioned every year, but I do not think it should be top item on the news when the anniversary comes around.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I'd suggest marking anniversaries where the country was the aggressor,rather than the perceived victim.

We can learn from our own country's mistakes better than blaming others.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Those things must be remembered and reminded. Whether it has a value is on an individual but not remembering and not reminding it equals to erasing its value and importance and makes us people little more numb and heartless.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I agree that history must be remembered--for the future as well as for the past.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Human beings tend to forget things. We should remember the past learnings for the future.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Yes, History must not be forgotten even the one you do not like.

Absolutely, it should never be forgotten and should always be honored.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

History has a tendency to repeat itself. These events help us to keep this from happening. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work.

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0 ( +1 / -1 )

Natural disasters sure. Acts of man made violence not so much. At some point we have to move on.

one thing we’ve gotten very good at is reiterating how sad and offended we are about things that other countries did to us longer and longer. We don’t have to forget or let it go completely but eventually people move on or at least relegate it to history.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

History should be remembered so we can learn from the mistakes made and so we can appreciate the "here and now". On the same coin, whilst we should all remember, we should also move on. Learn and move on.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I still mark the tragic day my local Daily Yamazaki became a FamiMa.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Natural disasters sure. Acts of man made violence not so much. At some point we have to move on.

You might feel differently if you or yours had been involved in either.

I still mark the tragic day my local Daily Yamazaki became a FamiMa.

A sad day indeed. How do you mark this shattering event? By not shopping there after 8pm?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Will rephrase the question. Why would you choose to consciously and selectively NOT remember pivotal moments in history? What sort of mindset actually choose to forget?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As an 11 year old kid in the late 80s I survived a disaster that killed 70 people right in front of me.

I always reflect on that moment when the anniversary comes by each year.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

rainyday

Was it the Carrollton bus collision that occurred on May 14, 1988? A life-changing experience.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Same year, but different disaster. I was standing in a crowd of people that got hit by an exploding jet after a mid-air collision:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_air_show_disaster

4 ( +4 / -0 )

rainyday

I remember that dreadful accident. Back in the 1990s I was in a 30,000 volt explosion at work. I can understand the trauma that you never fully recover from. Part of my family is Italian.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Oh man, that sounds pretty awful too.

I was lucky. All I remember was a giant fireball right in front of me, then it was all over in about 2 seconds, before my brain could even process what was happening. The jet plowed into the crowd to my left so fast that if you were in its path you were going to burn, if you weren't then you were fine. Very arbitrary way of seperating human experience. 35th anniversary was just a few days ago actually.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

rainyday

Oh man, that sounds pretty awful too.

I have had PTSD for 31 years. I jump if there is a loud band or someone drops something behind me. You had a terrible experience.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

There are two types of people in the world, those who learn Histories and those who repeat it.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Memory and fitting commemoration is essential to remain human.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I still mark the tragic day my local Daily Yamazaki became a FamiMa.

We should commemorate the loss of Sunkus, Tesco & Carrefour while you're at it

1 ( +1 / -0 )

NO. But I am sure bereaved will disagree, but some of them might wish to move on. At the same time, Japanese enjoy being a victim, makes them feel special and deserving sympathy. Japan only remembers atrocities done to them, but not atrocities committed by them!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

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