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May 13, 2007

Japan lies, distorts, fabricates in their school history textbooks?

Filed under: Anti-Japan,Double standard,Korea — fuga @ 12:46 pm

Did you even read at least one of many of them?

If you insist without reading any of them, I’ll call you an idiot. And I know probably 99.9% of South Koreans are idiots. First of all, many South Koreans don’t even know there are many history textbooks from variety of publishers in Japan because, in South Korea, all they’ve got is/was one fixed-politically motivated government-made history textbook. China is a disaster and I won’t waste my time explaining it.

It’s amazing to see this two countries are the most loudest protesters of Japanese school books. And it’s just sad to see many of other people in the world seem to believe the propaganda from these two countries.

I asked many many South Koreans to tell me in which textbook, page has lies, distortion, or fabrication. Nobody answered.

You can read some of the Japanese textbooks online for free in English, Korean, and Chinese.

The South Korean school history textbooks have been translated into Japanese and sold at bookstores in Japan. Here is the one for junior high schools, and here is the one for high schools. You can even read it online here. It’s no different from North Korean propaganda. I’ve read that. If you don’t believe, just read before saying a single word.

If you say Japanese textbook is distorted, every single textbooks in the world is a fiction, including those of the U.S.

PRC/ROK vs. Japan over Text Books, Part 4815162342
Of course, there were still fringe types that denied German war guilt, but there was broad consensus in West Germany during and after this period of accepting and atoning for Nazi war guilt (the former East Germany is a somewhat different case, as acceptance of war guilt was mandated from above, out of communist “fraternity” with the Soviet Union).

This kind of internal national reflection never took place in Japan. Many Japanese today believe that *they* were the victims of World War II, especially of “undeserved” atomic attacks on civilians. To the extent that there is a national consensus about the war in Japan, it is that “all were victims of war” rather than clear acceptance of Japan’s (and Japanese) specific role in aggression and atrocities.

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  1. there was broad consensus in West Germany during and after this period of accepting and atoning for Nazi war guilt

    Why do you compare Japan with Nazis? Japan had saved thousand of Jews during the war. You didn’t know that, did you?In contrast, under the Japanese rule, the population and the average life span in Korea increased drastically. Many Asian countries did gain independence from western countries and escaped from slavery and colonization by the white. Many Japanese soldiers have fought for the independence of those countries even after the WWII ended.Japan, for the first time in human history as a country, proposed the racial equality proposal at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, but the chairman, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson turned that down.I’d compare the U.S. and UK in pre-1930s with Nazis. Where is the guilt?
  2. This kind of internal national reflection never took place in Japan.

    As I pointed out, Japan and Nazis are two different countries in different situations with different motives and acts.
  3. Many Japanese today believe that *they* were the victims of World War II

    Many *civilians were also* the victims. And that does not mean Japanese deny everything for what Japan as country did.
  4. To the extent that there is a national consensus about the war in Japan, it is that “all were victims of war” rather than clear acceptance of Japan’s (and Japanese) specific role in aggression and atrocities.

    That’s a big freaking lie. The only consensus is that Japan should not repeat that history again. Period. Some(leftists) think every war is evil. Other think differently.Majority of Japanese acknowledge the Japan-China war was totally wrong and Japan is responsible for it.And Japanese acknowledge the war against the U.S. was stupid move. They knew Japan would loose even before they started the war. But they thought the war was just inevitable. (And the U.S. was seeking a chance to engage in the war. Hey don’t deny that. Do your homework.)Also, pretty much every Japanese acknowledge many individual soldiers committed war crimes just like many of individual the U.S. and UK soldiers had done in Iraq and Vietnam or other places. Those who convicted were executed and dead for a long time.And it is nothing but true that many of Japanese were killed by Soviet troops in Manchuria, by the U.S with the Tokyo bombings, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Do you even know how many?
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    I’d say “To the extent that there is a national consensus about the Imperialism in the U.S. and the western countries, it is that “Japan and Nazis were the evil” rather than clear acceptance of western countries’ (and whites’) specific role in aggression and atrocities in Asia and Africa”.
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    Do American kids learn in detail how GIs enslaved, raped and killed teenage girls in Vietnam, Japan, Korea and how many and [**warning ahead**] the way they did it? [**bloody pictures**] If not, the American school textbooks are terribly distorted and full of lies.
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    How many times did the European countries apologize to the ex-colonies in Asia and African countries?Not even a once???
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    How much reparation money did the European countries payed to ex-colonies in Asia and African countries?
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    Whereas Japan has been apologizing every single year like an answering machine and paying reparation money like an ATM???

I think it’s about time to realize it just their games, that is “accuse someone before he accuse me” and “accuse someone and distract attention from my failure” game.

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