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Japan’s Abe, on WW2 anniversary, vows not to repeat war

Japan’s Abe, on WW2 anniversary, vows not to repeat war

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, speaking on the 75th anniversary of Japan’s World War 2 surrender, pledged never to repeat the tragedy of war and Emperor Naruhito expressed ’deep remorse’ over the wartime past. Abe refrained from a personal visit to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Saturday that would anger China and S. Korea, as the shrine is seen by the two countries as Japan’s past military aggression.

Chris
Chris
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Rational ific 1 months

I used to be against that. I know about the brutalities inflicted. But the more my own society crumbles, I have found that when you do give an inch, there is no stopping people from making you destroy your own society and hate your entire history and culture. The Japanese don't hate themselves...yet. And there is no reason for them to hate themselves over what happened 75 years ago. So now I realize that he's just commemorating the dead (good, simply decent, and evil people alike), and it's not the worst thing in the world. If people would just accept an apology and not make you dismantle your society and teach your children to hate the country over just an unsavoury aspect, then I would be against this. But we all know by now that there is no end, and when there is no end, then you can't really start the process at all. I wish a group could say, "Sorry about what people who lived in my country a century (or two) ago did." and others would say, "Thank you. We feel satisfied now. Let's be friends." But has that ever happened? Japanese people today are not WWII murderers. And we should not treat them as such. And we should let them do as they want in their own society. I feel sorry for all of the victims. Even so, I am not going to make modern Japanese feel guilty forever over it.

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