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China’s propaganda campaign against Japan

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China has been conducting a global propaganda campaign against Japan, the most recent example of which was the Jan. 10 Post op-ed by Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the United States. But his op-ed was wrong, and China’s leaders clearly misread global attitudes. It is not Japan that most of Asia and the international community worry about; it is China.

First of all, the Yasukuni Shrine, which was the focus of Beijing’s most recent round of anti-Japan op-eds, is a place where the souls of those who sacrificed their lives for the country since the Meiji Restoration of 1868 have been enshrined. Japanese people visit the shrine to pray for the souls of the war dead — more than 2.4 million — not to glorify war or honor or justify a small number of Class A war criminals.

Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the shrine and Chinreisha, a memorial for all war dead around the world, to make a pledge for everlasting peace based on his deep remorse for the past. Like many other Japanese people, he said he wished to visit the shrine in sincere remembrance of the suffering and sacrifice of Japan’s soldiers and non-Japanese alike. He did not go to pay homage to Class A war criminals nor to hurt the feelings of the Chinese or Korean people.

It is important to note that China began raising this issue with political motives in 1985. At that time, more than 20 visits by prime ministers to Yasukuni had gone unchallenged, even after 14 Class A war criminals had been enshrined there in 1978.

The government of Japan has repeatedly expressed deep remorse and heartfelt apologies regarding the war. So did the prime minister after his recent visit to Yasukuni; he said that ¬ďJapan must never wage a war again¬Ē based on ¬ďthe severe remorse for the past.¬Ē He has inherited and will honor the statements of previous prime ministers. Prime Minister Abe has accepted the judgments of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and he has never said that Japan did not commit aggression.

I cannot predict whether China’s anti-Japan propaganda campaign will work inside China, but it certainly does not resonate internationally. In most of Asia and the rest of the world, Japan has among the highest favorability rating of any nation in public polls.

What has become a serious, shared concern for the peace and security of the *Asia-Pacific region is not our prime minister’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine but, rather, China’s unparalleled military buildup and its use of military and mercantile coercion against neighboring states. The most recent example of this is Beijing’s unilateral declaration of an air defense identification zone. China has escalated the intrusion of government vessels into the territorial sea around the Senkaku Islands and in waters claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and other maritime states in the region.

The Japanese people have pride and confidence in the peaceful course we have taken over the past 70 years and are moving toward the future. Unlike China, Japan has not once fired a gun in combat since World War II. Japan has made major economic and technology contributions to help boost economic development in Asia, including in China. Japan has consistently upheld freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law since the war and has contributed to the peace and prosperity of Asia, in solidarity with the United States as allies.

Japan’s defense posture is quite modest. In contrast, as a result of annual increases of more than 10 percent, China has quadrupled its military expenditures, which are hardly transparent, in the past decade. During the same period, Japan has decreased its expenditures by 6 percent. We have increased our defense budget for the first time in 11 years, only by 0.8 percent in the current budget.

The path that postwar Japan is taking as a peaceful nation will never change. Polls show that the American people have deep trust in Japan, which is reciprocated, and that few Americans fear Japanese militarization. Unfortunately, China does not allow open debate and flow of information, and thus Chinese people cannot see the truth that people throughout the world see, nor can they criticize distorted views propagated by their government.

Nevertheless, we remain hopeful. China is an important neighbor, and we are hoping to build a good relationship with it. Prime Minister Abe is ready for talks with President Xi Jinping without any preconditions.

We fervently hope that China will cease its dogmatic anti-Japanese propaganda campaign and work with us toward a future-oriented relationship. Ultimately, the international community will be swayed by China’s deeds, not by anachronistic propaganda.

China?s propaganda campaign against Japan - The Washington Post
 
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Please link to Japan's apology for their WWII rape camps, inhuman treatment of POWs and other war crimes.

What, the Japanese governments since WWII have managed to get round to that yet?

Massacres and Atrocities of WWII in the Pacific Region
Hundreds of thousands murdered and/or raped in the rape of Nanking - the Japanese apology is quoted below.


Here's a Japanese solder looking after the human rights of an Australian POW.

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He's the Japanese apology


American POWs, again being looked after by the Japanese.

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He's the Japanese apology


Have some American anti Jap propaganda.

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Yes, your beloved Japan executed American POWs but all that is forgotten because more up to date American propaganda needs China to be seen as the big enemy.
 
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Indofred,

The World War II has been over for long time now. Japan does not need to apologize to anyone. Japan's actions which have contributed towards peace and security of the region speak volume for itself. On the other hand, China's current actions and policies have destabilizing affect on the entire region.
 

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As very few Japanese people who committed atrocities from WWII are likely in power in Japan, none of them need to apologize for anything. Regardless, saying that China is the only destabilizing factor in Asia is false as well. Japan's becoming very aggressive over the Senkaku Islands dispute, which is very distressing considering the implications that could have for the U.S. which is treaty bound to defend Japan. Which is, of course, not to excuse China who has been openly hostile over the islands as well, while trying to mask their actions behind a diplomatic veneer.
 

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I notice dicklessfred suddenly ran out of shit to say...
 

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Indofred,

The World War II has been over for long time now. Japan does not need to apologize to anyone. Japan's actions which have contributed towards peace and security of the region speak volume for itself. On the other hand, China's current actions and policies have destabilizing affect on the entire region.

Yes, Japan does need to appologize.

The genocide and massacres in Albania done by the Turkish took place in WWI, yet the entire world expects them to appologize.

Japan needs to apologize.


As very few Japanese people who committed atrocities from WWII are likely in power in Japan, none of them need to apologize for anything. Regardless, saying that China is the only destabilizing factor in Asia is false as well. Japan's becoming very aggressive over the Senkaku Islands dispute, which is very distressing considering the implications that could have for the U.S. which is treaty bound to defend Japan. Which is, of course, not to excuse China who has been openly hostile over the islands as well, while trying to mask their actions behind a diplomatic veneer.

How is it that this logic does not apply to Turkey?
 
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Indofred,

The World War II has been over for long time now. Japan does not need to apologize to anyone. Japan's actions which have contributed towards peace and security of the region speak volume for itself. On the other hand, China's current actions and policies have destabilizing affect on the entire region.

Yes, Japan does need to appologize [sic].


Japan has apologized, again and again and again and again...
 

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Indofred,

The World War II has been over for long time now. Japan does not need to apologize to anyone. Japan's actions which have contributed towards peace and security of the region speak volume for itself. On the other hand, China's current actions and policies have destabilizing affect on the entire region.

Yes, Japan does need to apologize [sic].


Japan has apologized, again and again and again and again...

Recently there has been conflict over the content of Japanese text books which relate these historical events leaving out what they have done to China. What is the point of insincere apologies when they teach their children somethng totally different?
BBC News | ASIA-PACIFIC | Japan textbook angers neighbours
 
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Yes, Japan does need to apologize [sic].


Japan has apologized, again and again and again and again...

Recently there has been conflict over the content of Japanese text books, history books, which relate these historical events leaving out what they have done to China. What is the point of insincere apologies when they teach their children somethng totally different?
BBC News | ASIA-PACIFIC | Japan textbook angers neighbours



There we go again. As soon as some ignorant dope is informed that there have in fact been many, repeated apologies, it becomes "Um....yeah...but...um...not good enough!" as if you worked directly for the CCP. You read any of these history books? Seen all the books on WWII in any of the many large bookstores in any large city in Japan?
 

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Japan must accept full responsibility for its torture of subject peoples, particularly women, during WWII.

Turkey must do the same for its genocide of Armenians during WWI.
 

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Japan has apologized, again and again and again and again...

Recently there has been conflict over the content of Japanese text books, history books, which relate these historical events leaving out what they have done to China. What is the point of insincere apologies when they teach their children somethng totally different?
BBC News | ASIA-PACIFIC | Japan textbook angers neighbours



There we go again. As soon as some ignorant dope is informed that there have in fact been many, repeated apologies, it becomes "Um....yeah...but...um...not good enough!" as if you worked directly for the CCP. You read any of these history books? Seen all the books on WWII in any of the many large bookstores in any large city in Japan?
I am definitely not an "ignorant dupe (it is spelled 'dupe,' btw). Perhaps you are looking in the mirror. Apparently you are unaware of the controversy regarding Japan's textbooks. Please read the URL posted instead of remaining an ignorant dupe. I have nothing against Japan in general. However, there is a huge amount of arrogance on their part. As well, those who expect Turkey to apologize for her attrocities don't give her a get out of jail free card because it was a long time ago or becauseTurkey has worked with the West and is the most stable Islamic country in the region. Japan needs to change the way they are doing things, period.

BTW, the fact you have used insults and name calling in your first response to my post indicates your lack of intellect and discussion skills. I gave you back what you threw at me. How does it feel? If that is the level of discussion you swim in, it simply indicates your limitations.

FYI, the controversy about Japanese history books has been a very wide spread controversy for some time. That you don't know about it says a lot about you and your knowledge/ignorance on the subject.
 
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Recently there has been conflict over the content of Japanese text books, history books, which relate these historical events leaving out what they have done to China. What is the point of insincere apologies when they teach their children somethng totally different?
BBC News | ASIA-PACIFIC | Japan textbook angers neighbours



There we go again. As soon as some ignorant dope is informed that there have in fact been many, repeated apologies, it becomes "Um....yeah...but...um...not good enough!" as if you worked directly for the CCP. You read any of these history books? Seen all the books on WWII in any of the many large bookstores in any large city in Japan?
I am definitely not an "ignorant dupe (it is spelled 'dupe,' btw).


No, you are definitely a DOPE. You were calling for apology when you didn't know that many had already been given. When this was rubbed in your face, you responded by deflecting and complaining about a textbook you've never seen, DOPE.
 

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Please link to Japan's apology for their WWII rape camps, inhuman treatment of POWs and other war crimes.


You're an ignorant buffoon.


List of war apology statements issued by Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It is only my opinion of course but I think that it is only ignorant buffoons who call their colleagues on message boards ignorant buffoons. As the motto of an ancient English school has it "Manners makyth man".



Your tender little feelings are quite moving, really.
 

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There we go again. As soon as some ignorant dope is informed that there have in fact been many, repeated apologies, it becomes "Um....yeah...but...um...not good enough!" as if you worked directly for the CCP. You read any of these history books? Seen all the books on WWII in any of the many large bookstores in any large city in Japan?
I am definitely not an "ignorant dupe (it is spelled 'dupe,' btw).


No, you are definitely a DOPE. You were calling for apology when you didn't know that many had already been given. When this was rubbed in your face, you responded by deflecting and complaining about a textbook you've never seen, DOPE.

How would it help me to see them? They are written in Japanese, idiot. I have read a great deal about this controversy. It is studied in a epistemology course I am very famailiar with. I know that 3 countries, North Korea, South Korea and China object to them because they do not acknowledge Japan's attrocities and give renditions of historic events that are untrue based on the nations they wronged. Again, going back to my first question, which you have failed to address, what is the point of an insincere apology when you continue to deny your questionable actions?
 
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If you really bother to educate yourself, read Nobukatsu Fujioka's paper 'How World War II is Taught in Japanese Classrooms.' It's only about 9 pages long and includes plenty of graphics that even someone like you can understand.
 

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I am definitely not an "ignorant dupe (it is spelled 'dupe,' btw).


No, you are definitely a DOPE. You were calling for apology when you didn't know that many had already been given. When this was rubbed in your face, you responded by deflecting and complaining about a textbook you've never seen, DOPE.

How would it help me to see them? They are written in Japanese, idiot.


And once again the problem is your ignorance, idiot.
 

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