The two nations invoke Harry Potter in war of words.
The UN has issued a statement that reads simply, “Seriously dudes?”
Somebody please tell me this is a hoax.
That’s all very silly, but I’m afraid that the tensions between Japan and China may not be so funny. It’s nothing new to see PM’s visiting Yasukuni and the Chinese (and Koreans) having fits over it, but there is a movement toward some very right-winged (and in Japan this equals scary) thinking within the government as of late – including calls to remove the ban on having a military. It’s all very disturbing.
What’s wrong with a democratic state having a military?
Largely it’s a function of what Japan has done with their military in the past — and, unlike Germany, they have never acknowledged any wrongdoing at all.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say “Japan… never acknowledged any wrongdoing at all”. There are certain nationalistic groups that don’t acknowledge it on record. How widespread that belief is, I’m not sure. But there are plenty of other groups that do acknowledge it.
It is not so much as Japan having a military– they do have defensive national forces. It is more that the group that calls for a military also denies Japanese blame for atrocities in WWII. It is like Holocaust deniers calling for a strengthening of the German military.
I think people don’t understand the complexities of Yasukuni shrine. It is like rolling Arlington Cemetery with Hitler’s grave all in one. Hideki Tojo is enshrined there along with other war criminals, but so are the memorials of virtually all Japanese veterans, good or bad. To not visit is an insult and to visit is an insult. You can’t just remove him because that is not how Shinto believes it works, and because of separation of Church and state they can’t force a Shinto shrine to do that.
Not to mention that the org that runs the shrine is uber-nationalistic. They have a museum on the land that gives you a unique glance at how “revisionist history” works. Which is in stark contrast to memorials like Hiroshima which are very pro-peace and honest about Japan’s involvement in the war.