Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Japanese ultra-Right signals its intentions
Justin McCurry in The Guardian
The Japanese prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, sent his country's wartime victims a defiant valedictory message yesterday when he visited a controversial war shrine on the anniversary of Japan's defeat by the Allies....Victims of Japanese wartime aggression condemned his trip to Yasukuni, which honours 2.5 million Japanese who died in battles since the second half of the 19th century, among them 14 executed class-A war criminals that include the wartime prime minister Hideki Tojo. ...The Yushukan museum, next to the shrine, promotes the belief that Japan went to war to save Asia from western imperialism. It makes no mention of Japanese wartime atrocities, such as the 1937 Rape of Nanking/
Sorta like visiting Philadelphia, Mississippi as the first stop on your campaign. Everyone knows what it means.
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