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Widespread anger at Japan’s revisionism

Global Times | 2014-1-20 22:38:01
By Yury Tavrovsky



Illustration: Liu Rui/GT



Many experts now believe that 2014 may be a turning point for the Asia-Pacific region. One ground for such a belief is that Japan plans to mend its pacifist constitution and give up its three non-nuclear principles. Japan's moves are based upon the increasing self-assurance among Japanese society and anxiety over North Korea's nuclear capabilities and China's growing economic and military potentials.

Currently, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is trying to deny the results of WWII. At the end of 2013, Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine which enshrines the deified souls of 2.5 million military personnel who served their nation during WWII, including 14 Class-A criminals convicted by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. The visit has drawn criticism in Japan as well as from countries like China, Russia, South Korea and the US.

Praying to the souls of the war criminals that planned and initiated a series of wars of aggression to Asian countries equals revoking Japan's invasive history and freeing itself of guilt. It is not surprising that many countries expressed their anger toward Abe's visit.

China has particularly criticized Japan. Japan was in its peak when China at its weakest. In 1931, Japan invaded Northeast China, and it declared all-out war in 1937. Encountering Chinese people's determined resistance, the Japanese invaders tried to paralyze them with horror and committed widespread atrocities. The Nanjing Massacre shocked the civilized world.

After the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), the Korean Peninsula was seized by Japan and annexed in 1910. Then Japan started ruthless colonial rule in the peninsula, banning the Koreans from speaking their own language and using Korean names. As well as exploiting resources from the peninsula, the Japanese also sent male workers to hard labor in Japan, while women were coerced into sexual service for the Japanese military.

The US, although being Japan's major ally, has never forgotten the Pearl Harbor Attack waged by Japan in December 1941, nor its bloody battles with Japanese army in Okinawa and other Pacific islands.

Due to Japan's aggressive past, Article 9 of its pacifist constitution limits its military activities to self-defense.

Recalling the past enables Washington to keep a close eye on the moves of Abe, who has been trying to loosen US control over Japan. The depreciation policy of yen adopted by Abe aims at making Japanese products more competitive, and Japan now is trying to establish its own zone of economic influence in Southeast Asia, both of which have worried the US.

US President Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia" strategy aims to ensure Washington's dominance in the Asia-Pacific region. Tokyo doesn't necessarily embrace such a move, because it is trying to get rid of its postwar failure syndrome and become a military or even a nuclear power.

Russia also has reasons to worry about Japan. Russia was thrashed by Japan in the Russo-Japanese War, resulting in the 1905 Revolution and following upheavals. In 1918, Japan sent its troops to Vladivostok and planned to occupy Russian territories as far as Lake Baikal.

After the defeat in WWII and the signing of the treaties that ended the war, Japan still required Russia return the South Kuril Islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japanese.

In recent years, the territorial disputes with China and South Korea have also intensified due to Japan's dissatisfaction with the postwar scenario.

Given the abovementioned historical reasons, countries that expressed dissatisfaction with Abe's Yasukuni visit include not only China, South Korea, Russia and the US, but also countries like Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, Vietnam and other nations that have suffered from Japanese aggression.

The author is a professor at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn




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This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-1-22 14:10

JAPAN DOES NOT KNOW REPENTANCE, NOR DOES IT APPRECIATE FORGIVENESS.  IT IS BEYOND REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS.  THIS IS THE LESSON CHINA LEARNED FROM ABE, ELECTED BY THE JAPANESE PEOPLE, SO THAT THE JAPANESE PEOPLE CAN NO LONGER CLAIM TO BE INNOCENT OF THE WAR CRIMES OF THEIR COUNTRY, SINCE THEY SUPPORTED A PRIME MINISTER WHO WORSHIPS THE WAR CRIMINALS OF WWII.

CHINA HAS NO MORAL OBLIGATION TO ANYONE TO WAIT FOR JAPAN TO REMILITARIZE, TO NUCLEARIZE, OR TO KILL MORE CHINESE SOLDIERS OR CIVILIANS.

CHINA SHOULD SIMPLY CONSIDER WWII TO HAVE RESUMED WHEN THE PACIFIST CONSITUTION OF JAPAN IS AMENDED TO ALLOW JAPAN TO WAGE WAR ON CHINA AGAIN, OR IF JAPAN BEGINS TO BUILD ANY SEMBLANCE OF A NUCLEAR WEAPON.  IS CHINA WAITING FOR ANOTHER 35 MILLION CHINESE TO BE KILLED BEFORE IT FEELS THE MORAL JUSTIFICATION TO TAKE OUT THE JAPANESE EMPIRE ONCE AND FOR ALL TIMES?

IF CHINA SAYS, IT HAS TO WAIT FOR JAPAN TO DEAL IT A NUCLEAR BLOW, THEN CHINA DOES NOT DESERVE TO EXIST.  IT IS NOT A COUNTRY.  IT IS NOT EVEN A PEOPLE.


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US is at fault.
China is at fault.

US for not exercising its right to dismantle Japan's imperialist military institution, instead it had always protected Japan. US always had very excellent relations with Japan. When US conquered Hawaii, Japan didn't object despite having more Japanese (about > 40%) than Americans on that island then. In its attempt to take Philippines, US "Turned A Blind Eye" on Japan occupying Korea and some parts of China. It was only when US started to worry that Japan may have had bitten too much off China, thus threatening US in the long run, US objected. Hence it is fair to say that US was never keen on East Asia's welfare. Not China's, not Korea's, not Asean's.

China for not fostering better ties with Korea and Vietnam. Having been so badly defeated by Japan, China still hasn't awaken, failing to exercise the type of leadership that is based on good social values across Asia. The materialistic Chinese will find such act difficult unless there is a total shift in their mind-set. It has failed to convince both Koreans and Vietnamese that the Chinese are genuine friends. Like others Chinese are human, hence they will disagree, argue and fight. But each time China fought, China did withdraw back into its own territory voluntarily even after it had won. China also failed to convince the Koreans that there isn't any logic in China wanting to annex Korea or see to Korea's separation. It is such a small territory and it leads to nowhere plus the headache of having to create jobs and allocating resources for another 80 million or so people, about 5% more, when China is already having a tough time feeding 1,350 million. Likewise with Vietnam. Vietnam's population/capita per meter square is 270 while China's is 140, almost 50% lower. So it doesn't make sense to take a smaller territory with more population headache! Every human is a problem and China already have enough of that. Territory wise, it is already the third largest, very close to US, the second largest. On top of this China is working hard to curb its population growth. A reduction in population is good for China, not increasing. Hence it doesn't make sense for China to expand territorially which will add more headcount and problems, when it wants to reduce! What China really needs is having a functional hard working society with inherent good values not more territory and more problems.

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This post was edited by Revolutionar at 2014-1-22 17:05

You know why Russian professor write like that?


because they stole the Kurile Islands from Japan and still have not returned them.........



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The Russians also stole large parts of Manchuria and still have not returned to China but China choose to keep quiet.......


Is that because it deemed easier to bully Japan than to disturb the Russian bears?




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