Originally posted by hrtw
So, if the education in Japan is set to aknowledge that Japan is pure and nice....then it indicate that the education in Japan is totally a disaster
since all the facts have been distorted to make their image look clean and healthy. Then Tokyo University should not be in the top 100 university in
In all fairness, they aren't saying they were clean and pure. The admit that what they did was inappropriate. It doesn't look like they
the story- they just glossed over it. They just SIGNIFICANTLY softened the language, which as I said in my first post is a negative
thing in that it must be disconcerting to their neighbors and that it fails to teach a moral aversion to such things.
It doesn't seem to be malicious though. Everybody sympathizes with their own side of a conflict and presents things in that light. How many of you
read in American textbooks about Sanford Dole forced the monarch of Hawaii into the "Bayonett Constitution" which stripped natives of voting rights,
then had got the USA to send in the Marines to complete the coup? That's how it happened. American businessmen hijacked Hawaii so they wouldn't have
to pay US tariffs anymore, and crooked American politicians were all to happy to rent the Marine Corps out as mercs.
So I see both sides. I don't expect the Japanese to call themselves murderers in their own schools. I don't even really expect them to be
per se. I would only expect them to name the offenses specifically (rape and murder) and present them in the light of a serious mistake
which must be avoided again, not unlike the American attitude towards Vietnam. Our textbooks don't say that Vietnam was an unjust imperialist war
that served no purpose but to ruin hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives, but they do acknowledge the wrongs that took place, such as My Lai
and present it as a cautionary example to future generations.
It is only to be expected that a Japanese textbook will present the reasons Japan saw for going to war and present the war as a necessity of the time.
If I was Japanese that may well be how I saw it. All anyone can ask is for acknowledgement of the facts- they can have any opinion on the matter they
I can assure that some things cannot be forgotten....the time when the Japanese invaded Asia...Because of what they did.....many family are
broken, and many things changed. I would be dead if i ever said all this 60 years ago in a Japan ruling country.
It can't be changed, and probably can't be forgotten, but that doesn't mean that it has to be dwelled upon. I think its important to basically say,
"this is what happened, we want to make sure it never happens again, and part of that includes forgiving and trying to build a future as neighbors
based on mutual respect."
This is of course only my opinion. I suppose I coudl be wrong. I'm sure it seems somewhat contradictory that I both see the Japanese textbook as
insufficient yet have fairly low expectations for what it should say. I suppose this at least partly stems from my acceptance of the fact that we live
in an imperfect world and things will never really be totally right.
So please don't see this as an attack, just me humbly offering my opinion in response. I was more harsh with RedHare because i despise those who
commit themselves to hatred. Far be it from me to deny some one their right to simply have an opinion
[edit on 9-4-2005 by The Vagabond]