he has the right to honor the 2.5 million war dead in his nation. As does everyone from every nation have the right to honor their own war dead.
Then why does Japan make such a fuss when some other countries honor their people who died or suffered in the war? (E.g. when Koreans put up a statue to "comfort women")
The words " double" and "standards" come to mind...
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So Japan is not really interested in improving relations I guess, as it's apparently unwilling to do anything except ordering others about. No big surprise though - a leopard can't change its spots
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I'm surprised at how many Japanese people I meet that don't even know they are supposed to dislike South Korea.
Lol what? Why should they? It's not as if Japan spent several decades under Korean occupation
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So... the whitewashing and 'playing the victim' exercise continues...
Given this attitude, little wonder that the Chinese and Koreans still hate Japan. I can't blame them for that
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how Japanese citizens were exploited and victimized by their government
The only ones exploited and victimized in this case were the locals whom the Japanese govt deprived of their land and livelihood.
There are situations that allow for multiple interpretatons, but I don't think this is one of them
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This won't end until a generation or two on both sides have been replaced.
I doubt that. The new generation will already have the old views and attitudes instilled in them
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Japan portraying itself as a victim yet again?
Oh well... not really a surprise
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"Vaas Feniks Nokard" - seriously? A middle name that translates as "phoenix" and a surname that looks suspuciously like the word for "dragon" spelled backwards? Also, "Vaas" does not look like a typical Russian name either.
This gotta be a joke, right?
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The inability of some people to show empathy and to downplay what is obviously the source of such great pain to the Japanese people
A bit hard to show empathy towards people who themselves don't show much empathy towards others, don't you think?
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Why would you lump them together as ‘these people’?
Well, I guess they will continue to be lumped together as "these people" as long as they keep whitewashing the past and presenting a skewed and distorted picture of it (which doesn't seem likely to change any time soon).
Also, I agree with what has already been said above: given how Japan keeps urging its neighbors to "move on", maybe it's time for Japan to do the same and stop harping on about its "victimhood"? After all, it got no more than it deserved.
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This whole situation reminds me of Terry Pratchett's Jingo. It's a bit of a shame that in reality things are unlikely to work out the same way as in fiction...
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Granted, the history of imperialism does provide some context. However, in this case - sorry, but your argument still sounds to me like shifting the blame.
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Japan's expansion was purely for self-protection against this Russia
Japan interpreted this as a Russian intent to occupy the Korean Penisula, leading to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. During which time Japan was supported by the US and UK. This lead to the 1910 annexation of Korea. Which lead to the invasion of China, etc etc.
Ah, so it's Russia that is to blame for all that? Very convenient indeed.
In that logic, I guess next you'll be saying it's Russia that must apologize to China and Korea?..
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