Japanese still whitewash their own execrable history in school textbooks

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Will Dockery, Apr 6, 2005.

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    Will Dockery Guest

    It wasn't enough to be the biggest a-holes of the 20th century, now
    they are going for the 21st


    April 06, 2005

    Japan faces storm over 'rewriting' war history
    From Leo Lewis in Tokyo

    A REVISED edition of a controversial Japanese school history book has
    provoked furious protests from China and South Korea and accusations
    that Tokyo is whitewashing its militaristic past.

    Chinese supermarkets even began a boycott of Japanese foods after the
    book, produced by a right-wing publishing house, was approved by the
    Japanese Ministry of Education yesterday.

    The book removes all mention of the Japanese military's use of Chinese
    and Korean women as sex slaves, plays down the death toll of the 1937
    Nanjing Massacre in China and simplifies descriptions of Chinese and
    Korean workers being forcibly shipped to Japan during the Second World

    The South Korean Foreign Ministry said that the chapter dealing with
    Japan's prewar imperial record amounted to a "serious distortion of

    It questioned "whether it will be possible for future generations to
    forge ahead in the direction of peace, coexistence and co-operation".

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese Ambassador to
    protest and called the book a "poison for Japan's younger
    generations", and said it "tries to exonerate the Japanese
    imperialists from the crimes they committed".

    The Association of Chinese Retailers called for a boycott of Japanese
    products, specifically Asahi Beer and the food giant Ajinomoto,
    because senior advisers to those companies sit on the Japanese Society
    for Textbook History Reform — a panel with notoriously nationalistic
    views. Fuso Publishing, which produces the books, accuses mainstream
    Japanese history textbooks of "self-denigration".

    For decades, Japanese textbooks have caused anger in Asia, with
    critics saying that they present too uncritical a view of their
    country's past. When this book was first approved, in 2001, South
    Korea recalled its Ambassador for nine days in outrage.

    The latest row comes at a time of great tension between Japan and its
    two neighbours. Seoul is furious over Tokyo's claim to two tiny
    islands lying between the countries. Beijing is embroiled in an
    acrimonious battle with Tokyo over resource rights in the northern
    Pacific and bitterly opposes Japan's ambition to win a permanent seat
    on the United Nations Security Council.

    The Japanese Vice-Foreign Minister urged the Chinese Ambassador
    yesterday to secure the safety of Japanese nationals in China, after a
    week of anti- Japanese street protests in Chengdu and Shenzhen, in
    which a Japanese-owned supermarket was vandalised.

    Junichiro Koizumi, the Japanese Prime Minister, urged South Korea
    yesterday to exercise self-restraint, saying: "South Korea and Japan
    have a different stance, but it is not good to widen confrontation."
    Will Dockery, Apr 6, 2005
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    photo35744 Guest

    My grandsons history book has WW 11 down to two paragraphs.
    photo35744, Apr 6, 2005
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    ray o'hara Guest

    ww11? damn i musta missed the 9 after ww2, who was in them and did we win?
    ray o'hara, Apr 6, 2005
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    Lin Chung Guest

    From BBC News 2004-01-13

    "He [Harold Shipman] was the UK's most prolific convicted serial killer, but
    always denied his crimes."
    Lin Chung, Apr 6, 2005
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    Freddie Guest

    Only retards (& chnks) give a fk about Jap textbooks
    Freddie, Apr 6, 2005
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    aletheia613 Guest

    The thing is South Korea never pinpointed exactly what they were
    having problems from those textbooks.

    Apparently, South Koreans do not know what they are talking about,
    just parroting after what China says.

    Korea is wanting to go back to the pre-Japanese-colonization era.

    Koreans miss kissing asses to China.
    aletheia613, Apr 6, 2005
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    Komin Guest

    Komin, Apr 7, 2005
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    Freddie Guest

    Freddie, Apr 7, 2005
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    Lin Chung Guest

    Lin Chung, Apr 7, 2005
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    Dave Guest

    Dave, Apr 7, 2005
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    Bill Moore Guest


    An interesting account.

    As is sometimes the case with situations where a government
    is forced to cede soverignty to a conquering government,
    the Chinese claim to Tibet is justified using all kinds of
    historical arguments, with facts that don't support their
    argument conveniently left out or distorted.

    In reality, the argument largely reduces to "because we said
    so". It is wildly dishonest and only convinces people who want
    it to be true.
    Bill Moore, Apr 8, 2005
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    Stewy Guest

    <snipped for brevity>

    History is always written by the winners to justify their actions. The
    fact that Japan did not, means they're breaking the rules.

    Let's discuss the ethnic cleansing in America 200 years ago. Or the
    military adventures abroad in the last century. Or the actions time and
    time again by europeans against their own people and africans, asians,
    or in the middle east etc.

    Has the US ever made ammends for the slaughter of native americans? No?
    I thought not. Has Britain ever apologised for the Scottish clearances
    or the way they treated the Irish? No?

    Some come on - just because America needed an excuse for all these acts
    of aggression you're suggesting the US did not know about Pearl Harbor
    in advance? ROFL! WMDs? - Just one more lie.

    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    Now bugger off Will Dockery and post your drivel in the appropriate
    Stewy, Apr 8, 2005
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    Komin Guest

    The US invaded Mew Mexico , Texas, Arizona , Utah , California , Oregon
    , Washington state ,
    Colorado, Montana,Dokata .

    Freddie = Jap , or a Jap hidding behind an American screen .
    Komin, Apr 8, 2005
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    Komin Guest

    Tibet has been under the Chinese protection since the Ming Dynasty and
    the Qing Dynasty ,

    During the Qing Dynasty , the Chinese Manchu emperor gave Tibet
    protection from the British invasion in exchange for the Tibet's
    influence in the Manchu 's imperial religion .
    Komin, Apr 8, 2005
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    Bill Moore Guest

    There have been a few notable times "since the Ming and Qing
    dynasties" that the Chinese didn't do a very good job of preventing
    military attacks on the Tibetans. Why not?
    Bill Moore, Apr 8, 2005
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    Komin Guest

    " that Chinese didn ' t do a very good job of preventing military
    attacks on the Tibet .
    Why not ? "

    Because the Qing emperor had funding problems for its military, because
    of Corruptions in the tax collection systems .

    Confucianism = Corruptions .

    The Brits had modern weapons .
    The Brits wanted to control Tibet and Xinjiang because of Minerals .

    The Brits in Tibet even gave Manchu money to buy arms to fight the
    Russians in Xinjiang .
    Komin, Apr 8, 2005
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    Komin Guest

    Frreddie wants to imply the Japs had an historical lien to the land of
    Korea and China,

    That was why Freddie wanted to equate the invasion of Tibet by the
    Chi-Coms to the Japs invasion of Korea and China .

    Freddie= a Jap , or a Jap behind an American identity .
    Komin, Apr 8, 2005
  18. The Chinese invasion of Tibet and the Japanese invasion of Korea and China
    were both attempts at colonial expansion, and not in the best interests of
    the people invaded.
    Ernest Schaal, Apr 8, 2005
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    Komin Guest

    The Chi-Coms invasion of Tibet is for the Good of the Tibetan people.

    Old Tibetans oligarchy was all Nazi .
    Komin, Apr 8, 2005
  20. The PROC invasion of Tibet was no more for the Good of the Tibetan people
    than the Japanese invasion of China was for the Good of the Chinese people.

    I could understand your patriotism making you want to believe differently,
    but that is no different than the biased view Kaz has of the Japanese
    Imperial Army.
    Ernest Schaal, Apr 8, 2005
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