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    The followers of the Japanese militarists

    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.

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    Re: The followers of the Japanese militarists

    Almost everything in your post is wrong. Abe's grandfather, Abe Kan was a politician who opposed the Tojo government. He was never convicted of any war crime. And did not rename the department of defense, as there was no such thing. He and the Diet raised the Defense Agency to ministry status (which did change it's name), in response to increased threats from North Korea.

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    The result of this policy and "peculiar" interpretation of history is that Japan has territorial claims to almost all its neighbors – 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.
    Imperial Japan legitimately colonised Korea and Taiwan, which was approved by the British Empire. But the seizure of Manchuria was initiated by a border incident planned by far-right militarists, which was not even approved by the government at first. The inclination of the Abe government towards militarism is alarming, especially the proposed constitutional amendment, although Japan no longer considers Korea and Taiwan as part of its territory, let alone its native land, just as Britain had abandoned India. The territorial dispute between Russia and Japan will be resolved peacefully and Abe and Putin are set to meet in Japan next month. Putin hinted at returning two uninhabited islands in exchange for a peace treaty with Japan. The same deal was put forward by the Soviet representatives in the 1950s but the negotiations went nowhere because Japan demanded four islands, instead of two. I hope Abe will be more realistic this time around.



    If recent statements by Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin are any indication, Japan and Russia may be moving closer to resolving a seven-decade-old row over four disputed islands.
    During his two spells as prime minister dating back to 2006, Abe has held 14 meetings with the Russian president to press his case for a resolution and make progress toward signing a peace treaty to balance chilly ties with China. To sweeten the deal, Japan is offering economic aid to Russia, which is struggling to climb out of a recession.
    "We must resolve this during our own generation," Abe told parliament Monday of his most recent talks with the Russian leader last month. "I told Putin that we should proceed with negotiations with a sense of responsibility, on the basis of a strong determination to resolve this in our own times. Basically, I think President Putin agreed with this."
    Japan, Russia May Be Closer to Ending Decades-Old Island Dispute - Bloomberg
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    Re: The followers of the Japanese militarists

    I'm curious. How do you define "legitimate" colonization? And by what authority was Great Britain able grant legitimacy to the colonial land grabs in question. Not quite sure how this works.

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    Re: The followers of the Japanese militarists

    Quote Originally Posted by kitsune View Post
    I'm curious. How do you define "legitimate" colonization? And by what authority was Great Britain able grant legitimacy to the colonial land grabs in question. Not quite sure how this works.
    This whole thread is kind of bizarre.
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