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Old 01-03-2019, 08:41 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Japan committed some of the worst atrocities during WWII, but most of them seem to be ignored in history books. While everyone knows about the Holocaust, and even somewhat about Stalin, Imperial Japan seems to be looked over. I'm Jewish myself, but I do think that the actions of Japan in WWII should be taught at least on a somewhat similar level to those of Nazi Germany
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:52 PM
 
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I don't recall having a lesson about war atrocities in history class at all. WWII (and WWI) were covered by learning about the causes, the countries involved and their alliances, when/how/why the US entered the fray, treaties involved, but were not examined in detail.

But I think you have a point, nonetheless.
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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because china fell to the communists and the korean war happened. Japan was needed as a base and they had to prepare japan rapidly
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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you mean ignored in the western media? at least in china, you will have more hundreds of TV series per year featuring that war
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Ignored as in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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The victims of the Japanese in large part remained in Asia and were not writing the history and producing movies in English.

Unlike the Nazis and their German routes the society didn't share the heads of states being intermarried. The Japanese didn't share a history back to the Holy Roman Empire so we were not looking at them saying how could they. From Pearl Harbor forward we expected them to act as they did where as Germans being nominally followers of Christ were supposed to be different.

Finally Allied armies overran death camps with showers and ovens, meanwhile many of our historical POW camps had the starvation that prisoners of the Japanese suffered
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:17 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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because china fell to the communists and the korean war happened. Japan was needed as a base and they had to prepare japan rapidly
Correct. Before the Korean War several hundred Japanese civilian and military personnel were sentenced to incarceration or execution by the allied military courts for war atrocities. The primary reason for a halt to further trials was that Japan was needed to stage allied troops and air power into the Korean Peninsula. One of the most disgraceful aspects of this policy was to legally forbid American prisoners of war from suing Japanese companies that had used them as slave labor during the war.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Because after the war Asia was literally just a bunch of colonies and China (aka a ****ing loser that got dragged into a Civil War immediately), none of the countries had any capacity demanding Japan to take responsibility of their actions, unlike Germany which was surrounded by countries who could (France, UK, USSR).

By the time Asian countries eventually gained some leverage to demand apology, Japan had already become the only country that could rival the West in the region and America's BFF, of course they wouldn't gaf about what other countries think of them.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:43 PM
 
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We NUKED there nation, we set an atomic bomb over there nation, cities laid to waste, millions of people died, millions more have been born with genetic mutations.

How much more did you want to torture these people?
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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We NUKED there nation, we set an atomic bomb over there nation, cities laid to waste, millions of people died, millions more have been born with genetic mutations.

How much more did you want to torture these people?
You missed the point. I think the O.P. talking about atrocities the Japanese committed against the Chinese, Koreans, and other Asians during WWII, not about what the Americans did to the Japanese. The Japanese brutally slaughtered both captured soldiers and civilians in many of the countries they overran just as Nazi Germany did in the Soviet Union. The 1937 Rape of Nanking (Nanjing) said it all. They also conducted horrible Nazi-like experiments on captives such as infecting them with bubonic plague or freezing them alive and even using dead corpses as scarecrows in the fields. In China in particular, the Japanese tried to pursue a policy similar to the Nazi-German Lebensraum, that is depopulate China of its native people and repopulate with Japanese while using the land to help Japan prosper.

The O.P. is right in that many Western history books, particularly those used in secondary schools, omit this history. Some countries such as Vietnam and Korea have more recent history that overshadows WWII. For a long time, China kept a lid on this history for political reasons but in recent years has greatly relented but in the U.S. and other Western nations there is still too much apathy and disinterest in Asian affairs for it to be taught. Heck, many Americans don't even know their own history and are likely doomed to repeat it.
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