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.
And they know they can do this because a) Bush doesn't give a rat's buttocks, and b) even if he did, his sympathies are with the Axis, not the Allies.
This is more internal to Japan, PW. The ultraright nationalists-- the people who started World War II and are only sorry they missed the aircraft carriers at Pearl-- are determined to make Japan a superpower.

But, yeah, having Bush in power doesn't help.
Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

More blogs about politics.
Technorati Blog Finder