In Japan, don’t mention the war

A high ranking Japanese military officer was dismissed for publishing an essay that argued Japan bombed Pearl Harbor because they fell for a trap set by President Roosevelt, and that the Japanese weren’t aggressors in Korea, but snared in “domestic conflicts”.

What impresses (and somewhat disappoints) me is that for all the official apologies for their role in World War II, there hasn’t been a true reconciliation within Japanese society, unlike in Germany (much credit to Willy Brandt and Ostpolitik).

Whereas the Republic of Ireland leverages its neutrality towards active involvement in United Nations peacekeeping missions, the contemporary debate in Japan is the development of “offensive weaponry” and more demonstable military support for its allies.

I suspect this debate will rumble on for some time.

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