Japan Re-writes History Again (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 08:29 AM
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New history books that will be used in schools in Japan have a skewed look at Japan's military history. For example, 1937 in Nanjing China, the Japanese murdered over 30 thousand Chinese civilians and POW’s. Most countries and peoples consider this to been a massacre. To the new schoolbooks, it is only deemed as an incident. "Comfort Women" a term used to describe the women that were captured and then used as sex slaves by the Japanese military is not even mentioned.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
Japan has approved a set of new school history text books whose version of past events has sparked complaints from South Korea and concern in China.

One of the eight texts is an updated version of a book which triggered diplomatic protests in 2001.

Seoul said the new books sought to glorify Japan's war-time past, a continuing source of regional tension.

The move follows a row between Japan and South Korea over disputed islands, and anti-Japanese protests in China.

Schools have until August to decide which texts to use. The chosen books will be in junior high schools from April 2006.

"The Republic of Korea expresses regret over the fact that some of the 2006 Japanese middle school text books... still contain content that justifies and glorifies wrongs committed in the past," the South Korean Embassy in Japan said in a statement.


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Just another example of where history is does not necessarily reflect the facts. History as we know it actually reflects the author’s viewpoint or their sponsor and even their political alliance or nationality. Forget the facts; do not teach the truth, this is not only in Japan. It is something that every nation and every age have been guilty of. If a king wants to down play the murder of farmers for sport (LOUIS XVI) to even having the historians lie about their looks. Never trust history as written by one source, one people, or one nation. If you do, you will miss the truth


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posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 09:36 AM
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Its right, all countries try to hide from their shameful pasts.

Do British middle schoolers learn about the Dresden massacre and the thousands of civilians that were burnt to cinders? There was no justification for that and although Germany was the aggressor in the war there is still no right to intentionally kill all those civilians.

Japan shouldnt hide its past but with that said neither should other countries.



posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 10:00 AM
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unfortunatly those who write history can and do make events look more towords the faver of the writer.

amuseingly i have a friend who was raised primarily in canada but has also lived in the us here and there as he is a us citizen. he is now a highschool teacher in canada though he recieved his teaching degree in the states. he has remarked on how canadian histery is differant from us history and the fact that canadian history is wrong. he is primarily a history teacher.


history is made by the winners. if germany had won ww2 then we would be hearing of the atrocities of the alies not the atrosities of the germans. the winner must always look like the "good guy". the looser the "bad guy". good always triumphs over evil.

i have always heard of "the rape of nanking".



posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 10:07 AM
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This relates to the classic example of a car accident. One person will see the accident, and say one thing, another person will say another completely different thing. Both people belive they are right, but there can only be one truth. So how do you find out what the real truth is? You look at the same information from a variety of sources, and then "blend" them all together. What the result is will be something of the truth. It's hard to blend together two opposite views, but you can piece togther the "truth".



posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 10:22 AM
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war is not about who's right and who's wrong, it's about the winner writes the history.



posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 10:26 AM
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Do British middle schoolers learn about the Dresden massacre and the thousands of civilians that were burnt to cinders?


Yes we do learn about Dresden. We're also taught about the blitz on London. We're also taught about the destruction of Coventry, and any other number of times our civilians were bombed. It was a desperate time, which called for desperate measures. Not saying I agree with what was done in return, but look how much the British public suffered to force that decision.


There was no justification for that and although Germany was the aggressor in the war there is still no right to intentionally kill all those civilians.


Exactly the same could be said regarding Nagasaki and Hiroshima



posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 11:09 AM
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The education ministry also ordered that all references to weapons of mass destruction NOT being found in Iraq be removed as well as the description of the US and allies' attack on Iraq being unilateral.

abc.net.au
In its latest screening of junior high school text books, the ministry has ordered publishers not to state that weapons of mass destruction were not found in Iraq.

The ministry has also ordered that the word 'unilaterally' be removed from a paragraph which said the United States and it allies had unilaterally attacked Iraq and overthrown the government of Saddam Hussein.

Another entry has been banned which said that Japanese troops had been deployed to the Iraq battlefield.

The ministry ordered that the text read instead that they had been deployed to a non-combat area in Iraq.

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The move has cast a shadow over Japan's bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

crosswalk.com
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Japan's U.S.-backed bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council faces growing opposition in East Asia because of lingering anger over Japan's wartime aggression as well as more recent disputes.

As the second-largest donor to U.N. coffers, and a much bigger contributor than permanent members China and Russia, Japan has argued for years that it should have a seat.

China's opposition to Japan is significant both because of the influence it wields in the General Assembly - where it is not averse to using it diplomatic and economic clout to garner support, as in the case of Taiwan - and because it wields a veto in the council.

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Protests have flared up in China and South Korea.

story.news.yahoo.com

South Korean riot policemen (R) extinguish a burning effigy of the Japanese Ambassador to Seoul, Toshiyuki Takano, during an anti-Japan rally in Seoul April 5, 2005.


South Korean riot policemen block a former spy soldier (R), who was trained to infiltrate into North Korea, while he attempts to enter the Japanese embassy at an anti-Japan rally in Seoul April 5, 2005.

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