posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 11:35 PM
here is a opinioin from a chinese forum.
a comparision of what germany and japan did after the war
Germany and Japan took two distinctly different paths to make amends after WWII.
1. Anti-Nazi German folks were encouraged by the Allies to purge the Nazi past, revile Hitler, and repent for its crimes against humanity. By
admitting its past crimes and seeking forgiveness from its victims, the German people have been cleansed of their fathers' crimes.
2. Japan, on the other hand, tried to seek a new life by PROMISING NOT to repeat its crimes against humanity and without cleansing itself of its past
crimes. The Japanese pre-war warmongering king, industrialist, politicians, military officers, and aggressions cheerleaders remained as captains of
the post-war Japanese government, industry and military (oop, Self Defense Forces). US imposted a peace constitution and a forward looking peaceful
education system on Japan while US administered Japan, but this influence dissipated as US withdrew direct administration.
With US out of the way soon after WWII, the unrepentant Japanese warmongers started to (as you say) look backwards and wanted to revive their
unconsumated dream of Wa greatness and dominance over Asia. The "democratic" Japan had a one-party rule by LDP for 60 years except for a few year.
Step by step, Japan deliberately renaged on its promise of a peaceful future by revising its view of history, by expanding its military into the
second most powerful on Earth, by revering dead warmongers and mass murderers, by selective amnesia of others' suffering from its aggression while
posing itself as a victim of an imposed war, sending troops overseas, and by interfering into other countries' affairs.
Japanese rationale for this renaging of a (indeterminate) peaceful future is its past 60 years of good behavior. BY not invading other countries
militarily, it sees itself as having been rehabilitated and cleansed of its past war crimes. By choosing to forget its crimes and having forgiven
itself, Japan feels strongly others should also have forgotten and forgiven. It acts indignant and surprised that Korean and Chinese people should
still be angry at its self-forgiven past.
The crust of the matter is, Germany has been forgiven and its new generations have new leases on international life. Their grandfathers bit the bullet
and severed its Nazi past as shameful crimes against humanity. Japan has not seeked forgiveness by repenting and cleansing its criminal past and
therefore is NOT forgiven, yet. Japan's new generations will have to earn their international dignity and good standing by proving their strict
adhesion to the PROMISE of being non-aggressive ever again.
This sounds like a raw deal for the younger generations of Japanese, but this was chosen for them by their grandfathers and the US administrators.
Japanese will be watched by its former victims carefully for many, many years and any missteps will be loudly pointed out. To China and Korea, 60
years is not long enough to prove Japanese peacefulness. If Japanese today feel unfairly watched, well TOO DAMN BAD since this was their war mongering
grandfathers' choice for them.
Just as the son of a murderer (Nazi Germany) is not saddled with his jailed father's crimes, an unrepenant serial killers (IJA Japan) under house
arrest is watched extremely carefully by his victimized neighbors. Just because the serial killer has curbed his murderous mentality for a few years,
you can bet your a$$ the neighbors would call the cops as soon as he misbehaves. And if this serial killer starts teaching his son to sharpen knives,
all hell will break loose.
Marine, you fought as a soldier with weapons in your hands. You might have killed enemy soldiers and you might be killed holding your M-1. But that's
the accepted mode of war.
What Chinese people are pissed off at Japanese is their brutal behavior against unarmed civilians, POWs, and subjects. Swinging a sword to behead an
unresisting civilian in Nanjing was a crime while shooting at another soldier who is beading on you is not. Well, Japanese crossed the line and we
will not let them forget it.