Toshio Tamogami: “Japan was not the aggressor, but the liberator. Japanese soldiers fought valiantly to expel the hated white imperialists who had subjugated Asian peoples for 200 years.” [x]
Japanese nationalist revisionists are running wild. Nice. The revisionist discourse is always all about depicting WW2!Japan as liberating Asia from European imperialism. As if Asian nations can’t also be brutally imperialist, as if Asian civilisations haven’t been amongst humanity’s oldest empires. Honestly, the reason why my relatives cheered when the British returned was because Japanese rule was nothing short of a reign of terror. So a lot of relief was not so much because European rule was awesome but because Japanese rule was that terrible. (As you know though, much of the former European Asian colonies all demanded independence after the war.)
There was nothing resembling the ‘Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere’- the warped name they gave their empire. Our families were all Asians, sure, but everyone had to bow to the Empire of Japan. I know there’s a lot of talk about how there are issues with Germany’s apology for its past but they’ve done a hell lot more than Japan. There’s always been constant denials about the atrocities, always the claims that the Asian countries under Japanese rule were exaggerating them to squeeze Japan for money.