Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Koizumi to Officially Visit Yasukuni again

He is doing it for the seemingly growing right-wing support in Japan. (See http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_17-5-2005_pg4_4 , and his support among Japanese http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&id=321703.) He said he cannot understand why anyone would object to visiting the resting place of war dead. That would be true if some of the dead were not convicted war criminals. But, we must remember that many Japanese tend to view those convicted---Tojo et.al.---as victims of so-called "victor's justice" who had to give their lives so that allied forces could take some revenge on the poor Japanese.

Again, imagine the German prime minister visiting Hitler's grave and claiming he was just paying his respects to the war dead.

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