Japan and it’s imperial past comes up in conversations in conversations with friends from time to time but I can never bring up the topic to the few Japanese people I know and get a good understanding of how Japanese people feel about world war II and everything that caused the war and happened before during and right after the war. From my reading and watching documentaries I must say that my view on the war is westernized and I know very little facts so when I saw a story today on BBC.com that talks about Japanese views on war I jumped at the chance to read and found it so interesting I thought I’d share.
The new Prime Minister, Taro Aso, is himself a conservative nationalist.
Formally a pacifist nation under its American-written constitution, Japan is also at heart a passionately pacifist society – sometimes startlingly so. People here can be heard wishing for world peace in a tone that to Western ears might carry a touch of naivety, like a leaf torn from the book of beauty pageant contestants.
Black vans known as gaisensha are a familiar, if fairly infrequent, presence on the streets of Japanese cities. Operated by far-right groups and bedecked with imperial flags, they broadcast military songs and nationalist slogans as they crawl through traffic. The gaisensha remain a fringe phenomenon, at the crossroads of extreme nationalism and organised crime.
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