@pacificwest -It didn't take long for someone to bring the Chinese into this even though it's wholly irrelevant. Based on your comment history though, it's not surprising (a subconscious obsession, it seems?).
The general conclusion is what people think is the history has been highly exaggerated.
Your own conclusion, sure, but not the general one. Whataboutism on "Chinese troll armies" (b/c media-influenced trolls aren't a presence in your home nation or anywhere else, right?) don't excuse the simple facts that Imperial Japan's worst war crimes have been backed by testimonials and records from Japanese veterans themselves as well as Western historians. And don't get me wrong, I personally think Korea (or China) receiving reparations now is unnecessary since it no longer helps the root of the problem nor does it address the handful of Korean war crimes in WW2. But using historical denialist arguments is really scraping the bottom of the barrel, I doubt even the Japanese themselves who do that are anywhere close to the majority of the population.
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Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment remaining from the World War II era almost non-existent in countries like Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, unlike in China and South Korea? See in context
The primary reason for the sentiment is in the education and memorials, particularly in China where Japanese war crime museums are prominent and often encouraged by the parents. Sort of like how in Japan, it's the opposite where government affiliates try to whitewash and revise history in their textbooks and museums (e.g Yuushuukan). Heck, those guys haven't even issued a superficial apology for Unit 731. If the Philippines & Indonesia had more widespread education & parental awareness on Imperial Japan's violence against them, the sentiment would be significantly higher.
I also love how someone made a comparison to Germany, a country which turned on its own war criminals after WW2, & have not let up (with Nazi hunters still working today backed by the govt). I'd be surprised if anti-Japan sentiment would still exist to this degree if their govt started doing what the Germans have done, instead of protecting their often remorseless, happily-living (if not already dead-by-old-age) war criminals.
Anyway, since the vast majority here seems to prefer staying uneducated & bashing China & Korea, rather than anything of historical value, I should expect a good bit of downvotes. Well, the more the merrier.
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