The Japanese government's stiff and insincere appologies, coupled with their blatent attempts to downplay and silence the sufferings of thousands of victims is pathetic and sickening. It is outrageous how some of you can so easily dismiss these victims of war crimes base on the idea that "the Chinese government are no better". Base on this reasoning we might as well erase "justice" off the face of this world. No country is innocent of murders so let's all band together and condemn the victims of war crime for voicing their sufferings! RIDICULOUS! None of us can fathom the prolonged suffering these victims endured so what gives us the right to judge them for their contempt?
The reason why some of the younger generation dispise the Japanese government and their citizens is because little has been done to ease the pain of those who suffered. The Japanese government refusal to recognize their use of "sex slaves" even though their own military documented evidence stating otherwise is an insult to the victims. In a country govern by democracy I expected the citizens to do more to rise against their government's boldface lie. If they do not wish to send out the wrong message to world it is their responsibility to voice that to their government, but I have yet to see this happen.
It's a spiritual and historic reason with profound implications.
The shrine is entwined and embued with the spirit of the militaristic Japan of the mid twentieth century.You can buy postcards of Japanese Zeros at the gift shop for instance.It's not hard to imagine the Japanese fascists of World War 2 worshiping here.or see them walking reverently past the cold iron tori gate made of the same steel as their battleships and tanks.
For many Chinese, Koreans and other Asans who suffered and witnessed others suffer
under these men's oppressive and cruel spirit, it is an insult and a dangerous harbinger of a lack of true remorse on the part of Japan for it's role in World War 2 and the Asian Conflicts.