Things Getting Frosty With Japan ... Over WWII
Japan broadcasting official: US made up 'Rape of Nanking'
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2014 10:54 AM CST
In this Dec. 1937 file photo Japanese soldiers hoist their flag from the roof of the central government building after they seized Nanking in the Second Sino Japanese War.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Remember the "Rape of Nanking," which saw Japanese troops kill up to 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians, according to Chinese numbers, in 1937? Well the word from Naoki Hyakuta—newly-appointed to the board of governors of Japan's state broadcaster, known as NHK, and a personal friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe—is that it ... never happened. In fact, Americans invented it to conceal their own war crimes, like the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the nationalist writer said this week. And the US embassy in Tokyo is none too pleased. "We hope that people in positions of responsibility in Japan and elsewhere would seek to avoid comments that inflame tensions in the region," a spokesperson tells Time, calling Hyakuta's suggestion "preposterous."

Tensions are certainly mounting. Last week, NHK's new chairman said all countries involved in World War II used a system of forced prostitution, another claim US officials quickly and firmly denied. All this, plus recent nationalist appointments of "Abe's cronies" to NHK's board, shows a concerted effort to remodel Japan as the real victim of World War II, a professor of Asian studies explains. “What they don’t realize is that the right-wing revisionists are not convincing many people in Japan, and they are not convincing people outside Japan." China's Foreign Ministry has chimed in, per Reuters, noting, "A handful of people in Japan have tried to blot out, cover up, and distort ... history. ... The international community should be highly vigilant at this."

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ballen1133
Feb 8, 2014 3:27 PM CST
Japan can't seem to help itself to not stir up trouble after years of peace--just can't help themselves--too bad because they will be on the losing end, again.
gssusarr
Feb 8, 2014 1:33 PM CST
Read Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken" to learn a true story about American POWs in Japan in WWII. It will be an "eye-opener" for many Americans!
Zero Flash
Feb 8, 2014 9:29 AM CST
FrothyBrown and others keep commenting about these "rightwingers" and how they will be the death of "us." First I wish one of you nuts will define what a "rightwinger" is or is not. Second exactly who is a "rightwinger" in the USA and who is a "leftwinger." I am getting sick and tired of ignorant hateful bigots calling Conservatives and Tea Party members "rightwingers," racists, and hatemongers just because they disagree with the Progressives. History tell us that the greatest killers of mankind in the 20th Century were either the National Socialists or the International Socialists. Adolf Hitler was a "rightwing" Socialist, not a conservative or Tea Party member. The Soviet killers called themselves Progressives and Socialists, not conservatives or Tea Party members. So tell me progressives, who will be death of us? Those with history of murder, rape, and ethnic cleansing such as the socialists and the progressives or the Tea Party which stands for constitutional government, low taxes, small government? Which is it?