Abe Won’t Visit Controversial Shrine Tomorrow
show comments
  • Sonnojoi! It is none of the concern of Chinese communists or Korea where any Japanese person choses to practice his religion or to express his love of his country. The real anger should be directed at Chinese expansionism, not Japan’s resistance to said expansionism.

    • Thirdsyphon

      I disagree. After the way Japan disgraced itself in World War II (and all the rest of humanity, by mere association), Koreans and Chinese -and we Americans, for that matter- are *very much* entitled to think and say whatever we care to about that conflict, as well as on the subjects of Japanese nationalism, militarism, and sundry other vilenesses (like the “Sonnonojoi” philosophy) to numerous to recount here.

      If Abe (or you, for that matter) want the world to stay focused on Chinese expansionism, you would do well to stop giving the rest of us occasion to question the wisdom of permitting Japan to rearm.

      • And the Chinese have never disgraced themselves by vile behavior? Cultural Revolution, Great Leap Forward, communist takeover, invasions of Tibet and Vietnam, etc.

      • Tim Godfrey

        I fail to see why Japanese nationalists are any worse than the extremists that are part of every country (tea party ring a bell?).

        There is one threat to peace in pacific today: China.

        Japan’s politicians may play political games but that is all they are: games. Japan is committed to the international system.

        • Tom

          As far as I know, no one in the Tea Party has said anything regarding necessity of sex slavery.

          • Tim Godfrey

            Well tea parties speak in English so they don’t have deal with bad translations that lose nuance. In this case, Hashimoto was talking about soldiers having access to prostitutes. The only difference between Japanese and allied forces on that front is the Japanese Army made itself culpable by directly running the brothels. The Japanese Army should have simply did what the Americas do which is let the local organized crime gangs run them. In the end it is the same – soldiers have access to prostitutes (a.k.a sex slaves).

          • Tom

            Japanese method: Round up women at gunpoint. Drag to brothel. Rape repeatedly. Do not pay anyone except administrative staff.
            American method: Have unofficial brothel with paid workers. Or, at the very worst, do not give official imprimatur to serial raping.
            Yes, I see the moral equivalence now.

          • Tim Godfrey

            Where is the evidence that women at American brothels were actually paid (as opposed to the “administrators” that ran the brothels)?

            If fact, it unlikely that they were since the practice of “buying” girls from their families (i.e. the families get money instead of the girls) persists to this day.

            Like I said. The only difference between the Japanese and Americans is the Americans let the local mafia do the enslavement.

            Also: US soldiers that went brothels populated by girls forced in to prostitution by a criminal gang are serial rapists too.

            Your hypocrisy is breathtaking.

          • Tom

            Evidence, please?

    • f1b0nacc1

      Thirdsyphon is spot on here….
      Let me add that when the Japanese truly come to terms with their WWII behavior (as the Germans have done), I will be a lot more inclined to ‘cut them some slack’, but until then…no dice

© The American Interest LLC 2005-2017 About Us Masthead Submissions Advertise Customer Service
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.