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Centenarian survivors of Pearl Harbor attack returning to honor those who perished 82 years ago

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By AUDREY McAVOY and CLAIRE RUSH

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Two years ago, survivors who attended the 80th anniversary remembrance ceremony ranged in age from 97 to 103. They'll be even older this time.

Really?

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The Japanese are taught in school that the evil Americans tricked/led/forced the poor, innocent, peace-loving Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbour. It was quite an eye-opener to chat about this with some of my work colleagues.

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“Just grateful that I’m still here,” Schab said

Thanks you Mr, Schab, all your relatives and mates that fought fascism. I'm sorry fascism has returned, especially sorry to see it in the USA.

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Thank them all for their service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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The Japanese are taught in school that the evil Americans tricked/led/forced the poor, innocent, peace-loving Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbour.

Aside from the "poor, innocent and peace-loving" claim you make, that would be about right. The US placed a total resource embargo on Japan and froze all its assets, hoping to goad Japan into war. Japan would have collapsed without oil and the other resources the US was keeping from it. Roosevelt knew that Pearl Harbor was a likely target and that the Japanese were considering war to obtain resources - yet he and his staff withheld that information from the commanders in Hawaii.

So, yes, the Japanese were tricked/forced into a war with the US. Not the first (or the last) time the US has used this tactic.

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Well, China for one would have been glad to see poor, old Japan goaded/tricked into war with the US, if such a narrative is really the reason for Pearl Harbor, especially after Japan tricked its way into war with China. I wouldn't be surprised that this doesn't come into the school curriculum though.

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Hats off to these patriots and survivors. The world can learn a lot from them. Hope they can still enjoy a cold beer with their old comrades.

Japan is certainly no longer a fascist, aggressor regime. Instead she works with fellow freedom-loving nations like the US, as brothers. Sadly the same cannot be said for a few of Japans neighbours who despise freedom, democracy and rule of law.

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Didn't they make the Pearl Harbor site a World Heritage Site yet? Maybe Japan would be interested in sponsoring it to show its embrace of peace.

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Thank you so much for your deeply devoted services to our nation, we can never say thank you enough for all you did for us.

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Hats off to these patriots and survivors. The world can learn a lot from them.

Considering the bombing of various places since World War 2 (e.g. Cambodia, Baghdad), I don't think much was learned.

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commanteerToday 03:29 pm JST

So, yes, the Japanese were tricked/forced into a war with the US. Not the first (or the last) time the US has used this tactic.

You assume Japan just acted like an animal doing what was preplanned for it. Thankfully I have a higher opinion of Japan and the other countries you are thinking of.

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David BrentToday  03:01 pm JST

The Japanese are taught in school that the evil Americans tricked/led/forced the poor, innocent, peace-loving Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbour

Absolutely false.

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The Japanese Peoples are in the main, different today, from back then.

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Aside from the "poor, innocent and peace-loving" claim you make, that would be about right. The US placed a total resource embargo on Japan and froze all its assets, hoping to goad Japan into war. Japan would have collapsed without oil and the other resources the US was keeping from it. Roosevelt knew that Pearl Harbor was a likely target and that the Japanese were considering war to obtain resources - yet he and his staff withheld that information from the commanders in Hawaii.

So, yes, the Japanese were tricked/forced into a war with the US. Not the first (or the last) time the US has used this tactic.

How very convenient of you to leave out that the U.S. embargo was a direct result of Japan committing atrocities across China, a large trading partner of the U.S.

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How very convenient of you to leave out that the U.S. embargo was a direct result of Japan committing atrocities across China, a large trading partner of the U.S.

Trading partner? You mean imperial conquest. China was awash with imperialism from Europe mostly. The Japan decided to get in on the act and that upset the old-school imperialists. They weren't expecting an Asian country to get in on the game.

Yes, the US favored China, but it's a laugh to claim they cared about atrocities considering their own actions in the Philippines and elsewhere, not to mention the atrocities of European nations.

It was simply a game for power in Asia. Remember, after Ho Chi Minh assisted the US in the war against Japan, Vietnam was rewarded by Truman placing the French imperialists right back in their country after the war ended.

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It should also be remembered that in the same year prior to Pearl Harbor, Britain had been severely bombed with in what was called the "Blitz" . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blitz

The Blitz caused more loss of life and damage than Pearl Harbor . . . .

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