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Young Generat: Japan PM Visits War Shrine

arnadstephen

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My question how does the younger generation in Japan
feel about this issue ?

I am thinking of people, lets say younger than 40 years old

I am sure this is an issue everyone has an
opionon on.

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January 14,2003

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Japan PM Visits Controversial War Shrine
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Visits Controversial War Shrine
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thomas

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More on the topic.

Where war criminals are venerated

The Yasukuni Shrine is dedicated to about 2.5 million people who have died in Japan's conflicts between 1853 and 1945.

=> asia.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/east/08/13/japan.shrine/

I am sure that most Japanese do have a personal opinion on Yasukuni, but the age group you mentioned probably does not waste a lot of thoughts on the topic. I discussed this with my wife, she believes that most Japanese do not put too much importance on war-related issues. They understand foreign concerns about the PM visiting the shrine, but take a rather pragmatic/indifferent stance.

Anyhow, I'd be interested in other Japanese views as well.
 

arnadstephen

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Is your wife Japanese ?

I would think, that the younger generation says the world has
moved on. The year 1945 is a long long long time ago !!

Simple math will prove my point

If you were age, lets say 10 years old in 1945, today
you would be 68 years old !!!!!!!!


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I discussed this with my wife, she believes that most Japanese do not put too much importance on war-related issues.

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Yes, my wife is Japanese. My personal opinion is that there's a lot of unnecessary hysteria involved on both sides (Korean/Chinese protestors and Japanese right wingers). Also, the PM's visit to the shrine should be seen as what it actually is: appeasement directed towards the political right, nothing more, nothing less.
 

arnadstephen

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Japan PM Visit.........

The Republican Party in the USA, has many times
done the same thing.

RECENT EXAMPLE
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a) The visit to Bob Jones University in South Carolina
by George Bush during the presidential campaign

b) The appointment of John Ashcroft to Attorney General
was considered an appeasement of the Repbulican
political right of the party.


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appeasement directed towards the political right,
nothing more, nothing less.
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