กก BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese scholars said Wednesday that
Japan's intention of "whitewashing" wartime history will not produce any respect
from the international community neither help it become a political giant.
"It's absolutely not wise for Japan
to do so in order to achieve its political aspiration," said Ma Junwei, a
researcher with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.
Among heated international protests, Japan's education
ministry approved a new edition of a history textbook which was
criticized as glorifying Japan's invasion of neighboring countries and covering
up wartime crimes.
Ma said the friction between Japan and its
neighboring countries over the issue of history textbook could be traced back to
the early 1980s.
"Each time when Japan gave green light to the history
textbooks with distorted wartime facts, it aroused furies and indignation from
the countries it once invaded," Ma said.
Analyzing Japan's motive for frequently revising its
history textbooks, Ma said Japan's action is connected with its overall
"As the world's second largest economy, Japan is not
satisfied with its current political status on the world stage and eager to
shake off the guiltiness as a loser in World War II. But it didn'tfind a
shortcut of becoming a political giant," Ma said.
"With such sentiment, Japan's rightist groups chose
to take tough measures, attempting to stride over the history issues," he said.
The textbook was published by the Fuso Publishing and
penned byJapan's rightist Society for History Textbook Reform. Chinese
historians here said that though some 120 revisions had been made to the new
textbook before it got official approval, "their natureof denying historical
facts and beautifying invasion has remained unchanged."
They cited the total oblivion or ambiguous narration
of the notorious Nanjing Massacre in December 1937, when the Japanese troops
slaughtered more than 300,000 civilians and unarmed soldiers after taking the
then Chinese capital, as a typical expression of the textbook's "deliberate
distortion of history."
"The textbook issue is only one segment of the whole
Japanese rightist move," said Shen Jiru, a researcher with the Chinese Academy
of Social Sciences.
He said once the distorted history is popularized
among the Japanese public, Japan's rightist force would have few restrictions,
which would undoubtedly endanger the future of Japanand the whole Asia.
Japan's new history textbook came under vehement
criticism fromthe Chinese media. Wednesday's People's Daily published a
commentary on the issue, comparing Japan with Germany in terms of their
attitudes toward history issues.
The commentary said both Japan and Germany are
economic giants in the world but they receive quite different responses from the
international community. "One of the major reasons is the two countries'
completely different attitudes toward the history of invasion."
"Such a textbook... will not bring Japan pride, trust
and respect. It can only bring Japan suspicion, query, and fury," the commentary