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I don't think the matter is that simple.
I think I understand you okay, but I see problem in us having a difference in background
and the way of thinking. but the gap is getting closer through this meaningful conversation,
let's get through it one by one and I think we'll get there one day.
And no, it is not that simple to just remove the war criminals, for long reasons that I try to explain.
1. I don't think the Japanese view on the word has any dramatic difference to yours or world's,
but what's confusing is the fact the shrine is, for the corroborative fact that millions
have died during war, and it should not be repeated.
It enshrines an event that took place in history, and not just for the bodies buried underneath.
2. I differ to you on the view that it may or may not be an insult, depending on how you look at the issue.
I am NOT saying that Chinese people should accept everything the Japanese
way, but hoping for some understanding of our culture, and definetely
NOT an wrong understanding that the Japanese have enshrined them
thinking they are in any way good, nor great, because they are not.
The crimes they commited (murder, rape) are no doubt wrong, and every Japanese knows it.
More on this after next.
3. Digging up and separating the demoted few, has other religious complications,
leaving the physical difficulty aside.
This illustration might seem a bit radical, but how would you feel if you wake up one day, to realize
the house right next to yours have been decided illegal or rude, and without prior notification to you,
they then start a massive dig up project for months to come?
It might sound silly, but the dead are dead for many reasons.
One thing you can't do is communicate with them, hence no asking for permission.
This is the reason why the Japanese are so reluctant to move any landmarks that are said to be
providing a resting place for dead souls. They might even come back if treated wrongly(!)
You wouldn't want Japan to wake up in her imperial-times-self would you?
That's why the Japanese are so desperate to find other ways of displaying
their remorse and sincerety. And by keeping the promise to de-arm and
assisting all Asian nations via ODA funds, and keeping all the promises to the United Nations,
I think Japan is not doing too bad. I am not saying you should be greatful to
everything Japan does, nor that the money can buy whatever she wants, but is a little more
respect in this prospect of cultual and religious view a little too much too ask?
Is Japan still showing absolutely no respect to her Asian neiboughers?
Is the shrine only thing that makes Japan a bad girl in Asia?