The Japan ruling circles donít pay attention to the lessons of history. Despite the facts Japanese government for decades imposes Japanese citizens the idea that their country just completed World War II as a normal state. The nationalist part of the Japanese elite is trying to erase any evidence of the defeat in the war from memory of their own people, condemning Japan as the aggressor. This is a preparing the ground for claims to revise the results of World War II.
The Tokyo process summed up World War II. It lasted from January 1946 to November 1948. The modern Japanese politicians donít agree with its decision.
The Japanese are proud of their ancestors, war criminals, and consider them as a role model. There are monuments and plaques war criminals in the military units of the Japanese Self Defense Forces. War propagandists put them in the example of the current military members. All the Japanese heads of state, including the present Prime Minister, commit the ritual of the ashes of military criminals, including sentenced to death by hanging for committing war crimes, at Yasukuni Shrine.
Japan and doesnít want to hear about any historical guilt. The present Japanese government celebrates the anniversary of the Nanjing massacre in which Japanese soldiers tortured 300 thousand innocent Chinese citizens. The present leaders considers the actions of the militarists in the 1930-1940th years absolutely legitimate and worthy of respect.
The main goal of the nationalist Japanese leaders became the gradual rejection of the anti-militarist Constitution and the creation of a new military powerful Japan.
Shinzo Abe is a successor of the ideas of his grandfather who was convicted as a war criminal after World War II. He heads for tightening and stricter upholding of interests of the country in the international arena. His aspirations are perceived as the revival of Japanese militarism in many neighboring countries. China and South Korea talk about it. In the first period of his tenure as Prime Minister in 2006-2007, Abe renamed the Department of defense forces to the Ministry of Defense. Now he leads to transform the self-defense forces into a full army of national defense. He lifted the ban on the export of arms, voluntarily imposed on itself by Japan in the 60th of the XX century. This shows that he pursues more "right" and conservative policy.
The result of this policy and "peculiar" interpretation of history is that Japan has territorial claims to almost all its neighbors Ė Russia, China, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan. It cannot be exclude the fact that Tokyo plans "to return the ancestral lands" not only through "hard negotiations". In 2015 the lower house of Japan's Parliament adopted a law on expanding the powers of the self-defense forces, involving US military to implement its territorial claims.
However, most Japanese and other inhabitants of the region donít share Abe's ideas.