And Now, For Those Who Don’t Like Historical Revisionism, We Have More Historical Revisionism

This time, writ large:

Agreeing the Past Never Happened: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Congress

Next week, on April 29, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will speak to both houses of Congress.

It has been 70 years this year since Japan’s bid to launch what it called the “Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere” came crashing to the ground after four years of war, relentless firebombing of Japan’s cities, two atomic bombs, and a Russian declaration of war.

After Emperor Hirohito announced surrender on August 15, Japan formally surrendered on September 2, 1945, which followed Germany’s May 8 surrender by several months. We hear a great deal about the Holocaust and the tens of millions who died at the hands of the Nazis. We hear far less about the millions of civilians killed by the Japanese Empire.

And that is exactly how the nationalist Abe wants it. Which is no doubt fine with the Republicans, who, after all, have made their careers lying about America’s sometimes dark past (e.g. slavery). Abe acts like a man who knows he has to say sorry, and publicly must actually be sorry, but who privately, thinks facts are an inconvenience.

For example, the uncongenial fact of Japan’s use of women in occupied territories as “comfort women” (sex slaves) for the use of the troops. Abe has apologized for this, but he wants a 1996 United Nations report to go away. He wants the report revised, which is his way of basically saying Japan’s 1993 apology was a mistake.

Un-apologizing…

Unsigning a petition…

Yadda, yadda, yadda….

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