As I was emphasising how people considered “POC” by US standards can very much be racist and oppressive (and which is why the term “POC” shouldn’t be used outside the Western context because this solidarity means nothing to us when it comes to intra-Asian issues), here’s a reminder. Nazism is associated with white supremacy, yes, but during WW2, Hitler bestowed upon Japanese the status of honorary Aryans and openly praised them in Mein Kampf. Unlike Germany, which has apologised for the crimes of Nazi Germany and makes it compulsory for schoolchildren to learn about the Holocaust, Japan has engaged in a consistent campaign of history textbook whitewashing, outright denial and open glorification of the Empire of Japan’s militancy despite its numerous well-documented war crimes. The present Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, visited the Yasukuni Shrine, where not just ordinary soldiers, but Class A Japanese war criminals are enshrined- an act regarded as particularly insulting by countries like China and Korea, which suffered heavily during WW2. He is one in a long line of Japanese PMs who have consistently done this, despite the fact that the Japanese emperor and Japanese imperial family have refused to visit the shrine precisely because of that.
The result of this accumulated atmosphere? Groups with neo-Nazi links flourish in Japan and many members of the Japanese government associated with them- unlike Germany where Holocaust denial and neo-Nazi groups are cracked down upon. Many members of the Japanese government are on committees urging revisionist history to further put a gloss on Japan’s World War 2 history. Which means, while every child in neighbouring countries conquered by Japan is intimately aware of Japanese war crimes, Japanese students themselves aren’t.
What’s more? Japanese politicians just seem to like visiting the shrine just right before there is a visit or meeting with a country that suffered under the Empire of Japan’s rule.
That flag btw? The war flag of the Empire of Japan, used during WW2.