What I feel about Japan after WW2

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.

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10 thoughts on “What I feel about Japan after WW2

  1. Very true. Too many people only know 1 side of the story and they close their eyes and ears and refuse to belive otherwise
    They are ignorant because they only belive what they want to belive even though there is so much information out there that shows the other side of the story.

    War is horrible. End of story.
    People do horrible things during times of war thinking what they’re doing is right or they’re just following orders.
    While it is important that we learn about our history and times of wars, we also need to be taught about the horrors of war from both sides, not just the glorified good parts.
    WW2 was 70+ years ago and we need to move on. We are not responsible for the actions of our ancestors and we need to focus on the future.

    Hopefuly with your education system changing it can move to a more Japanese influenced education rather that what seams to be a partly american influenced one.
    You are the future and i hope there are more like minded, strong willed and passionate people like you out there

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    1. Josh, thank you for reading and sharing it! Exactly. It has been always difficult for me to learn the history because the only sources or information we can get are biased so is our education. I know that I must not forget that Japan has done something cruel and horrible during the war as well. However, we can’t let this to carry on forever. I hope we’ll make a better future together! 🙂

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  2. The US is not perfect too. The American Japanese were interned in prison camps one famous one of which was called Manzanar. It took a long time for any apologies despite property taken away from Japanese families. A movie which was made around a true event was 99 Nen no Ai. But it also showed not just the mistreatment of Japanese in America but also the mistreatment of American Japanese in Japan as second class citizens.
    I am a 3rd generation Japanese (Sansei) in America which were born of the Nisei where the 100th Battalion and 442 Regimental combat forces along with the MIS Military Intelligence group served the US in WWII. Those Nisei were the most decorated in all the US Army but had to to prove or become more American than Americans. It was a difficult time.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Dennis. wow I didn’t know too much about it. You guys are in such a hard position. As growing up in Japan, and knowing the fact that atomic bomb was dropped off , it’s so hard for me to understand the US’s position at that time. I need to research more about it.
      I’m sorry to hear about what you guys have been through. – I only can imagine it must have been tough. I’ll check it out. I’m glad to know the different perspective from you. 🙂

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  3. Hi Saki,

    Just saw your comments about my comments finally coming thru. Like I said before, I have some things I want to say about WW2 because your blog had inspired me. I might not have time for a few days. For one thing I need to do some research to make sure I state things correctly.

    After the comments posting problem was fixed, all the versions of my comments posted so they are in your blog multiple times now which makes it confusing for peeepol. I believe I saw that WordPress Support said that bloggers can edit comments so you could clean it up if you wanted to. Although it would probably take some time for you to figure it out.
    Singb

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    1. Hello again Brian.

      I’m really glad I had inspired you. Of course, take your time to think about it!! This is such a difficult and complicated topic.

      Oh ok, in fact I have felt rude deleting all your comments but I’ll do that if you say so! 🙂

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      1. Saki, I know you don’t mean you would delete ALL my comments, ☺just the repeated ones and the Test stuff, if you wanted to.

        I bet the setting that you changed that allowed me to post comments was for blocking stupid people ha ha.

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      2. H Saki, shortly after the 1st few times I saw you on Periscope, I saw a program on TV that I wanted to share with you because you had spoken of WW2 in one of those Periscope broadcasts. I was unable to find it on the internet until now, as it was one of the things I was researching before I would write my comments to your blog. I decided not to write other comments about WW2 as I just finished watching it again and just want to share it with you and bloggies.

        Saki, I hope you can view the website link over there. It’s titled, Sadako Crane Donation to the Truman Library. Beware it might be emotional to some. (There is more related programing following the Sadako Program that might automatically play:

        http://www.c-span.org/video/?400701-1/sadako-crane-donation-truman-library

        I know this isn’t directly related to your blog and hope to have time to reply to what you wrote soon.

        Thanks,
        Singb (Brian)

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  4. I’ve wondered how things were handled after WW2 regarding daily life in Japan. I didn’t know that the Japanese school system was restructured and people couldn’t learn about their history anymore. It’s time that the Japanese people have their rights back, especially since Prime Minister Abe apologised for war atrocities.

    I posted a comment on Feb 2, 2016 regarding this WW2 blog thinking that there would be some follow up comments to it and I would then reply with my thoughts. The C-SPAN video that I posted a link to is an illustration of how terrible war can be on a civilian level, in regards to what the atomic bomb did.

    I just want to say that I totally disagree with the atomic bomb (or any bomb) having been dropped on cities for the purpose of ending the war, unless non atomic bombs can only target a military complex. It’s my opinion that there is no circumstance that should allow the intentional killing of innocent civilians during a war or any other time, for that matter. There’s no way that an atomic bomb can target only a war machine operation. So it was known beforehand that thousands of innocent people would be killed. It’s been justified by some, but to me it’s unjustifiable.

    singb1 (Brian)

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    1. Hey Brian, thank you for sharing the beautiful video with me. That was touching and also I am happy that I could get to know more about Truman’s side. I knew Sadako, also I got the chance to see the cranes when I visited Hiroshima. I remember there is a big monument in Hiroshima peaceful memorial park. I think many of us Japanese people know the Sadako’s story because it reminds of us how terrible wars could be. I really liked the last part where Clifton (Truman’s grandson) spoke the Japanese word “Otsukaresamadeshita” hehe.

      Thanks for your feedback about my blog. – I really appreciate it!
      As Masahiro mentioned in his speech, Truman, could be in a hard position. as a Japanese I had never tried to understand that. “You rather than me” which is Omotenashi in Japanese, but I really like this phrase and try to have it on my mind. I know when people get hurt, it is really hard to understand the other’s position or situations. I was impressed by Masahiro’s speech that he didn’t blame the US for anything. I, personally, can easily hate the US when I think about what Japan had to go through after the war but hate doesn’t create anything. So I would not do that instead, why not look and create the better future. 🙂 I appreciate your opinion though! Atomic bombs can never be justified. We all must never do it again!

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