Monday, January 01, 2007

A Powerful Japanese Conservative Reassesses Japan's Role in WWII

Tsuneo Watanabe, a powerful voice of conservatism in Japan and the editor in chief of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper has taken a surprising about-face in reconsidering Japan's culpability in its behavior during WWII. The article says, "Whereas former European enemies reconciled after the Second World War, in Asia history has been frozen." Watanabe argues that Japan and China can't continue their standoff, because both countries have mutual interests in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.


At 6:23 AM, Blogger TAMAGAWABOAT3 said...

In Japan, there was the controversy wether Nanking Massacre took place actually or not, until a few years ago. However, majority of people that are interested in Nanking Massacre think that Nanking Massacre did not place actually. Because there are too many contradiction in China's insistence on the existence of Nanking Massacre.

1) All of photos that China offered turned out fake and fabricated. Those photos cannot prove the existence of Nanking Massacre. Number of all photos is 143 pieces.
2) According to Tokyo Trials (The International Military Tribunal for the Far East: 1946 -1948), This Trials summoned 4 Westerners (John G. Magee, George Ashmore Fitch, Miner Searle Bates, and Robert O. Wilson)
who were members of Nanking Safety Zone. Though they appealed the cruelty of Japanese Troops, 3 persons of them did not witness any murder except John G.Magee. They testified "Hearsay" things to have heard from someone. And yet, number of murders that John G.Magee witnessed was only one.
3) In China, the description of Nanking Massacre was not written in Chinese textbook before 1984. And yet, both Mao Zedong and Chou En-lai did not say and write about Nanking Massacre at all, too.

As the above reasons, majority of people that are interested in Nanking Massacre think that Nanking Massacre did not place actually. However, it is impossible to prove there was not Nanking Massacre at all. Because nothing is nothing. If China wants to insist on Nanking Massacre, if there was Nanking Massacre actually, it is possible to prove it, China must offere true evidence now. Unless China cannot offer true evidence, we have no choice but to conclude "There was not Nanking Massacre in history." This is common sense for all people in the world.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Akoua Doffou said...

If you want to see my opinion of Nanjing, please check out my blog. It's a little lame, but I just started out.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Ron Wulkan said...

I attended the "Rape of Nanking" Conference at
Princeton's Wilson Center of International Studies
with the late Iris Chang when I researched my novel, "The Gook Lover."
She encouraged me to write my book even as she at
the peak of her too-short brilliant career.

"The Gook Lover" is pro-Asian, but anti-Imperial Japanese novel. It's the story of a young Japanese officer who lost his soul at the Rape of Nanking and during the other war sins
After the defeat of Japan, he betrays his friends and himself during the U.S. Occupation. Eventually, he starts a car manufacturing company and is acclaimed as the "Henry Ford of
modern Japan."

But he obeyed only the first two-thirds of the ancient Chinese adage: "Think Organize. Do
Good," in his long, eventful life. Then a casual glance in a Manhattan book store window ignites his latent shame and changes his life and possibly, that of Japan's denial of its war guilt in China.

May I send you a review copy of the paperback? There is no obligation.

For futher information and my background, the webpage is:

Thank you.


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