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To Oolala: why not before
"And why not before? Hasn't it been too long since then? Bringing up about WWII in politics nowadays is so WEIRD, not only in Japan, but in any countries. "|
I can somehow understand your feelings, are you in your early 20's? Well, feeling kind of sorry for what your government and the school have done to you.
You might have already learned about this in the history lesson no matter how correct they are, personally I don't believe any country is able to teach its history with other countries 100% correctly, especially the Western countries, they have no idea about the history in Asia, many Europeans used to think Japanese and Chinese were the same people until ‘probably’ this year that they got things exactly right.
For most Chinese, the atrocity in this war could never have erased in the memory but most choose to move on, it is simply human nature as many Chinese already think 24 hours are not enough to make a day, it needs maybe 30. I also believe no Japanese is ignorant of atom bomb by the US, no great noise is made against the US ‘yet’ because it hasn’t touched on the most sensitive issue in Japan, instead, things are going quite favorable to Japan right now, but I hope the smart Japanese haven’t lost their heads if they know what US is like as a country, look at how they treat their usual or rather ‘ex’ allies like Germany and France, remember this slogan by Condi Rice, “Ignore Germany and Punish France”. Try to start counting your lucky days now, it won’t last too long. They have found a new mate in Asia- India, soon they’ll kick out Japan.
You said “why not before?” That is right, many Chinese also ask the same question, why now? If you followed your government actions well, there exists already some territorial dispute between China and Japan for sometime, but both were diplomatic enough to hold on to solve in dialogue. But why on earth Japan government started to cross the diplomatic line to declare alliance with US in the affairs of China and Taiwan? Japan invited troubles to himself. Do you think China should work with US to advise on the disputed islands between Russia and Japan? Can you open your eyes and ears to see what is wrong here? That bold statement caught everyone by shock and discomfort, not only in China but the whole of East Asia, even the Chinese communities in far away land like in Europe and US. Everyone asks why? What on earth is Japan up to? Are Japanese really keen on the issues about Taiwan, no, they are not. But yes politically. Using Taiwan as political pawn to play games with China in order to please US or gain more favor from US.
Don’t forget, this year is also the 60th anniversary for end of WWII, even if all Chinese block their memory about this painful past, but our eyes can’t be blind to the flashing news all over the globe about this WWII. In Europe, since beginning of the year till now, they haven’t stopped talking about Nazi’s atrocity. That makes a natural parallel comparison. With China’s economic picking up, many countries also won’t leave China alone, trying to dig China’s past and bullshit much about China’s future as if they all live in China and know better than China.
That is one of the reasons why now this issue is out in all front.
However, it's the irritation from Japan make most of the reasons. Japan's government seems to lack some sensitivity or trying to be provocative to approve that fictional school textbook by the government and it came out in head news. That was a clear deliberation. Actually, who cares what you teach your kids but the fact is the government’s approval and the loud noise made about its application. China and Korea mind, in my eyes, is because they care, they still care, and they care for the future young generations in Japan to understand the signification of the war. China and Korea wished (at least before the spat occurred) to continue a proper, normal, friendly and good relationship with Japan.
Other irritations include Koizumi’s visit to the Shrine and repeated stinging remarks and of course that theatrical planned ‘apology’ in April, do you not feel embarrassed by his action re: apology? ( no offence, just being curious). Personally, I didnt expect to see that apology, it wasnt directing to China anyway, it was to whole Asia, as if Japan see China as a whole Asia then it accused China to speak for whole Asia. You see, Japan government cant even be coherent in international speech. We'd rather like to see actions, then again, did you see how Japan respond its words in actions? I hope your government, won't apologise anymore, that'd been quite embarrassing. I think now the world has understood better why several apologies did not get registered. Japan government portrayed itself as crafty & opportunist in desperate moments.
Another reason “why now”, because the previous Japanese government were more prudent, it ‘seemed’ to most Chinese in the region that Japan ‘had probably shown’ its remorse in the past but were badly surprised by all these Japanese declarations and provocations this year, so now we know the Japan government is not remorse about it at all. Perhaps the good faith shown in the past by the Chinese towards the Japanese have been tricked by Japan's silent internal aggression? Now Japan shows its true colour because of the worry that China is getting economically strong and Japan is desperately trying to win favor from US that it scarifies the peaceful relation with China to please US on the issue on Taiwan. For this, most Chinese got a sting like sitting on the needles, so I can imagine how they feel for those in China( a clear reminder of that alliance build-up before that war invasion).
A lot of Chinese also don't need the textbook to know the truth, since the victims are so large in numbers, the wave of the survived who escaped after the war had sent the Chinese to all over the world to live to tell the truth. 60 years were not very long ago if the strong young men in their 20’s managed to escape, today they are in their 80’s, the age of your grandparents.
My grandfather was one example, he was buried alive by the Japanese, managed to escape to S.E Asia. What I learned in school was not the horrified version of the war. The surviving oversea Chinese had no intention at all to educate the young of the revenge, that idea did not exist at all, instead we learned a lot about trading, tourism & culture in Japan. But we did learn about all the wrongs done by the previous CCP. I first learned of the awful atrocity of this war when I was about 9, found a book by mistake, a book hidden by my father using a plain paper to cover its title. Naturally, I flipped the pages looking for pictures, each photo I saw made me sick( till today haven't seen anything more disgusting), had nightmares then after. I took weeks to finish reading that book in secret without telling my father. Then I pretended I didn't see that book, just asked my father what happened at that war. He refused to discuss with me, saying it was over, it won't comeback in our days, only told me that my grandfather was buried alive and escaped, thanked to great luck, not a single bad word on Japan and the Japanese. My curiosity didn’t stop there, went after my grandfather, but saw his tears dropped, so decided to drop the subject, few months later he passed away. Well, the daily chores took over in life, I was too busy with exams and school works, never again pursued this subject until I finished my studies in Europe. Here I learn more about wars, each time they talk of Nazi, it makes think of war on China by Japan.
Before I left for Europe, we lived quite happily with a Japanese family as neighbour in our apartment block. My mother and that Japanese housewife couldn’t communicate much but they did it with exchange of food, gifts, and smile.
So Oolala, don't think all Chinese naturally chose to breed this hatre, every result comes from a cause. I don't hate Japan, just simply hope this present government go away and leave the ordinary peace loving Japanese and Chinese get on well in life, for a better and more friendly future.