Thursday, January 17, 2013

British views on rewriting of history in Japan

Hugh Cortazzi, a former British ambassador to Japan, reasons that it is "unwise" for Japan to rewrite its wartime history.'Furthermore, the student of Japanese history remarks that imperial Japan''s attacks on (Western colonies in) Southeast Asia were not an anti'-colonial cause. Japan's wartime propaganda suggested that its invasion of Southeast Asia was to'"free" the indigenous peoples from their colonial masters. Lawrence Rees' Horror in the East (London, BBC, 2001), that exposes cannibalism among Japan's imperial troops in the Pacific War ('pp.92-96'),' remains a good record authored from a journalistic perspective.