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  •  Yeah, sounds like a series of people picked the (2+ / 0-)
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    wrong fights.  Although it would hardly be the first time in Japan where a discussion about topic A was actually a discussion about topic B, because nobody wants to actually be seen talking about topic B.  That's common in politics there but it's also common in personal discourse.  I'm not entirely certain what the unspoken topic B is here; to some extent, right-wingers in Japan would promote people knowing about this history because it feeds into the notion that Japan was an equal victim compared to Manchuria and the rest of China as well as Korea.  In fact, when I was last in Japan, I visited Tokyo's City Hall, which has an amazing viewing deck (my only clear view of Fuji-san on a cloudy week), and while there, a painfully true but plainly political bilingual exhibit regarding the victims of the atomic bombs was on display (at the time, and perhaps now, Tokyo was governed by a right-of-center governor).

    Barefoot Gen is extraordinarily good but it's too powerful for a young kid.  As a non-expert I'd ballpark it as high school-level because of the imagery.  But saying that the problem is that it uses now-disfavored terms is hilariously ludicrous.

    It's been many years since I last read it and my most vivid memories are of course those of the horror - topically, does it diverge into the causes of the war, or does it stay with the aftermath of the bombs?

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 05:59:30 PM PDT

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