Thursday, December 26, 2013

One View on Abe's Visit to Yasukuni

In general, the (China's) war against Japan is used to fuel a sense that history thwarted China’s rightful rise. Of course, the Japanese right’s attempts to distort the history of the invasion should be condemned, as they are by many in Japan itself. But China’s leaders and public culture should not use the revised understanding of the war as a tool to build a new nationalism.

The proper use of history in public culture is to nurture a thoughtful and skeptical attitude toward the complexities of the past. By achieving this, China could really embarrass any Japanese leader who thinks about visiting the Yasukuni Shrine.

一般的に、中国の対日戦争が、歴史が中国の正当な台頭を抑えたという感覚を掻き立てることに使われている。もちろん、日本の侵略戦争をゆがめる右翼の試みは、 日本で多くの人によって戒められているのと同様に戒めなければならない。しかし、中国の指導者や一般の文化が、新しいナショナリズムを生み出す道具とし て、過去を利用してはならない。


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