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Old November 15th, 2015, 04:53 PM   #1

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Japan to re-examine verdicts in war crimes trials from Second World War


"The Japanese government is to re-examine the guilty verdicts handed down in the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals, which found 25 of Japan's military and political leaders guilty of initiating the Second World War.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will set up a panel this month to consider whether the Allies' rulings were justified, as well as the policies imposed on Japan after its defeat in 1945.

Of the 25 men found guilty of Class A war crimes - which included waging a war of aggression and "ordering, authorising and permitting inhumane treatment of prisoners of war" - six were executed. They included Gen. Hideki Tojo, who served as prime minister, and Gen. Seishiro Itagaki, the minister for war.

Some within the LDP, and others on the right of Japanese politics, insist that the tribunal was merely the Allies exercising victors' justice.

"The perception of history on which the rulings of the tribunal were based were poorly constructed", Tomomi Imada, the chair of the LDP's Policy Research Council, said earlier this year. "We are in need of an examination [of the verdicts] by the Japanese".

The right wing has applauded the LDP's decision, which is among initiatives to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the party.

"It goes without saying that the trials did not deliver fair judgements," Hiromichi Moteki, secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, told The Telegraph.

"Those guilty rulings did not conform to international law as was prevalent at that time and I do not believe that Japan waged a war of aggression", he said.

Along with many conservative Japanese, Mr Moteki's position is that Japan was forced into a war of self-defence as a result of aggressive economic restrictions and embargoes imposed on Tokyo in the 1930s.

"The war of aggression was initiated by America and Japan had no choice but to fight back", Mr Moteki said. "

Japan to re-examine verdicts in war crimes trials from Second World War - Telegraph

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I could have been reading this in The Onion.
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"The Japanese government is to re-examine the guilty verdicts handed down in the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals, which found 25 of Japan's military and political leaders guilty of initiating the Second World War.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will set up a panel this month to consider whether the Allies' rulings were justified, as well as the policies imposed on Japan after its defeat in 1945.

Of the 25 men found guilty of Class A war crimes - which included waging a war of aggression and "ordering, authorising and permitting inhumane treatment of prisoners of war" - six were executed. They included Gen. Hideki Tojo, who served as prime minister, and Gen. Seishiro Itagaki, the minister for war.

Some within the LDP, and others on the right of Japanese politics, insist that the tribunal was merely the Allies exercising victors' justice.

"The perception of history on which the rulings of the tribunal were based were poorly constructed", Tomomi Imada, the chair of the LDP's Policy Research Council, said earlier this year. "We are in need of an examination [of the verdicts] by the Japanese".

The right wing has applauded the LDP's decision, which is among initiatives to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the party.

"It goes without saying that the trials did not deliver fair judgements," Hiromichi Moteki, secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, told The Telegraph.

"Those guilty rulings did not conform to international law as was prevalent at that time and I do not believe that Japan waged a war of aggression", he said.

Along with many conservative Japanese, Mr Moteki's position is that Japan was forced into a war of self-defence as a result of aggressive economic restrictions and embargoes imposed on Tokyo in the 1930s.

"The war of aggression was initiated by America and Japan had no choice but to fight back", Mr Moteki said. "

Japan to re-examine verdicts in war crimes trials from Second World War - Telegraph

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Frankly, Japan should remember that Western embargoes and restrictions were only placed on it in response to its aggression in China and elsewhere.
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Just when I thought Japan was getting closer to accepting it's past, they go and do this.

It's hard to believe that they're actually trying to pin the blame on the United States when it was people like Tojo and Itagaki that decided to bomb Pearl Harbour and drag the US into the war at all.
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Just when I thought Japan was getting closer to accepting it's past, they go and do this.

It's hard to believe that they're actually trying to pin the blame on the United States when it was people like Tojo and Itagaki that decided to bomb Pearl Harbour and drag the US into the war at all.
Don't worry too much about this, though; after all, we Americans still have nukes right now.
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Frankly, Japan should remember that Western embargoes and restrictions were only placed on it in response to its aggression in China and elsewhere.
So when will they embargo America?
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So when will they embargo America?
Never, because Japan is currently America's ally and friend.
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Frankly, Japan is never going to admit they were wrong, even though everyone knows they were.
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Frankly, Japan is never going to admit they were wrong, even though everyone knows they were.
You know, I would have thought that Japan's butt-kicking during World War II would have made them more humble and apologetic in their rhetoric as well.
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You know, I would have thought that Japan's butt-kicking during World War II would have made them more humble and apologetic in their rhetoric as well.
That's what I thought. Germany was occupied and divided for decades. Japan got occupied, but wasn't divided like Germany was.
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