I agree with you mick. Sorry to hear you are lonely in Japan. I know that feeling. It is miserable. I never did understand blaming the post WW2 generations for the sins of a few individuals a long time ago. Some people are very racist towards Japan, and this constant harping on about WW2 is an easy hit.
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It is enough now. Their crimes were paid for, and it was a long time ago. The criminals are a small part of the interred population. I suggest if you hate Japan and want to keep reminding Japan of it's past, that is almost out of living memory, that you consider leaving. I sure hope you don't have Japanese family. My kid gets bullied in the US and part of that bullying is constant reminders of things the he personally did not do. Let people honor their ancestors, it really is no one else's business.
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Alex, I downvoted because I don't believe Japan deserves continually having it's past rubbed in its face. Apologies and reparations have been made, but none of them have put an end to the continued anti Japanese racism. It is time for Japan to move on and realize no apology will ever be good enough for some people. The war criminals are a small part of Yasukuni, there are far more people enshrined there that were simply soldiers caught up in war who paid the ultimate price and deserve respect from their country.
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Losing a war doesn't mean that the losing country cannot pay respects to it's many dead. The biggest war crime of all was the dropping if nukes on Japanese women, children and non combatants, yet America is allowed to be proud of this heinous act.
Sure, we all know that bad men are interred there. War makes monsters out of men. The bigger picture is the continued bullying of Japan because of something that happened a long time ago.
Japan's war dead deserve some kind of recognition. I won't allow people I love to be continually beaten with the stick of Japan's past.
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Like I said, either you weren't here or else are not a kind and empathetic person. The fact that you impose your unfeeling stoic ideals on others is to be expected I suppose. When someone has no feeling for other humans they hide their coldness behind words like 'dignity'. Roki is a beacon of hope, the flame that was not put out. He is showing that life and excellence and Japan still survive and thrive, despite huge hardships. He is the epitome of 'gaman'.
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I was living in Japan at the time of the great quake and subsequent disasters. At the time I wondered how the children who lost people and family would cope as they grew up. I hoped they would do well. To know that Roki is doing so well in life, after tragedy and hardship is very reassuring and gladdening. Anyone that complains that this is mentioned had no idea of the horror of that time, or else has little feeling for their fellow human beings.
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Rebuilding the old USSR. Perhaps expanding it slightly. I think we are headed into a world war.
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I see most of the responses have been from a male no. Japanese viewpoint. I'm female, mother of a Japanese citizen children with my Japanese husband. The marriage broke down due to his violence. I have been refused a divorce despite 7 years of separation. I have no access to family bank accounts and have to beg for money. There's no official way to make him pay. There was also no desire to prosecute him for violence. Any woman getting married in Japan and having children knows if it goes wrong, like Ashley says, they are left penniless and without resort to recourse. Japanese women need to go on strike, no babies until this is fixed.
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The western lack of response has been weak and cowardly. How could we leave the Ukraine to fight Russia alone?
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