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Commentary: Kamikaze letters' bid for world memory disgraces Japan itself

English.news.cn   2014-02-06 17:27:04

by Liu Tian, Feng Wuyong

TOKYO, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Japanese city announced recently that it has filed over 300 last letters by notorious kamikaze pilots with UNESCO for its Memory of the World Register program.

Mayor of Minamikyushu, which is the home to the kamikaze pilots who carried out suicide attacks against the allied vessels during the World War II (WWII), said he wanted the letters could to make people think about the horrors of war and peace, according to local reports.

However, the questions is that how could the letters evoke think of peace? Kamikaze suicide attackers, in fact, were an insane creature of Japan's past militarism and the pilots were fanatic spiritual followers of the horrible policy and parts of the Japan's war machines.

Officials from Minamikyushu city should know that UNESCO has recognized Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp in Poland and as world heritage, as it fully exposes Nazi Germany's war crimes.

They even can not deny that, in Japan, after the war-reflection statement by then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama was released, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a relic of U.S. atomic bombing in Hiroshima city, was also enlisted as the world heritage.

But the letters, along with items like past Japanese army flag, military sword and bloodletters collected in the so-called Chiran Peace Museum, only recalled the world's extreme grief over Japan' s wrong-doings in the WWII, as most of the collections convey more of the nation's past militarism.

It is hoped that UNESCO could turn down the application of the kamikaze letters, as if it succeeds, there would be someone that will file Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf as the world memory and the notorious Yasukuni Shrine as world heritage.

The new move to whitewash Japan's wartime brutal behaviors reflected that the Japanese society is running fast on a way of right-deviation and it is dangerous for the world that such history-ignoring thought become a common sense in the country.

Japan also plans to enlist its modern industrial heritage sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi, in which labors from China and South Korea were enslaved, as UNESCO's world heritage.

On Tuesday, Naoki Hyakuta, one of the governors of Japan's public broadcaster NHK, denied the existence of Nanjing Massacre, following the new NHK chief's wrong remarks on "comfort women" earlier.

All the ridiculous moves trying to cover up its crimes by Japanese rightists will no doubt result in disgracing Japan itself and twists its national image in the international community.

Under a conservative government led by hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the future of the country makes the world worry about as no one knows how far the country will run in the wrong way.

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