Before you read this I need to tell you. ; I’m not an expert. I did my best to know the truth. However, I’m aware that this topic is really REALLY controversial. Please don’t take it too seriously. There might be parts where you don’t agree with. – I don’t mean to offend anyone. And I’m not here to argue with anyone. Thank you.
Last Sunday, I watched on TV program where a Japanese female politician talking about 東京裁判 which “The International Military Tribunal for the Far East” aka “the Tokyo Trial.” Basically which is about The US making the trial against Japanese leaders after Japan lost in WW2. They classified criminals naming A,B,C depending on the levels according to what they did. A is the most powerful crime which was – death penalty. When I mention “criminals” please know that I am referring to A. About this trial, there is many controversy going on, which also leads to the other issues such as Yasukuni Shrine which you might have heard of.
So what she said was that she feels weird to call criminals “criminals”. – I thought she got the point. Do you know why? Think about the situation. This trial really has unique nature in a way where the winner (aka The US) was entitled to give the sentence to the loser(aka Japan). As far as I know, there’s no trials like that in history. ever. Trials MUST be taken place equally. So should we really call those “criminals” criminals?
This discussion also made me think of how Japanese people behave after WW2. Last year, Prime Minister Abe made a remarkable speech. He added, ” We shouldn’t pass this big responsibility to our next generation”. – which is about our apology regarding WW2. This speech brought us big controversy. I agree with him to be honest. I believe that – wars can’t be simply considered as arguments or conflicts. The issues are much more complicated. There’s much more going for sure. ; You can’t blame anyone for killing someone in wars. Wars are supposed to be like that and its not like someone’s fault. On top of that as a result of punishments our education already has gotten messed up. (This is really bad. Really. ) I always feel weird. – why Japan should apologize?
Sure, people would say “then Japan shouldn’t have joined in wars when it knew it would lose in the first place. Japan deserves it anyway”. Surprisingly I hear Japanese people say this. Well, let me ask. Who would join the war to be a loser? I also know the fact that there was the big trading issue over oil with The US. Hence why I think these opinions are invalid.
If you wondered why Japanese people are so harsh earlier, you got my point. – Yes this is the result of our education after WW2. Our education changed a lot after GHQ started to control us. I feel that – Japanese people these days don’t love Japan as much they used to. which makes me really sad. Who else would stand for Japan then? You know what -the fact that we lost doesn’t mean we should keep apologizing and feeling guilty for years and years. If this logic needs to be applied, every country who once lost in the war in history also should do the same. – which doesn’t make sense to me. All we need to do is that we should research what really happened carefully before judging the situation which I notice most Japanese people do. And more importantly move on. Why not make this world a better place. I’d rather be focusing on the future. – that’s why I’m here and writing. The good news is that Japanese educational system is changing. I just hope that Japan will succeed in regaining the trustful education no matter how long it takes.