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Yasukuni Shrine – 3 what did they die for? August 13, 2010

Posted by TAMAGAWABOAT in Blogroll, History, Japan, Japanese, Nanking Massacre, Rape of Nanking, WW2, Yasukuni.
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I watched a YouTube’s video that a Canadian named Pierre Pariseau said rude words against Tamogami Toshio (the former COS of Air Self-Defense Force ) and made a small trouble in Yasukuni Shrine on August 15th last year,  the 64th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War (=the Greater East Asian War).  Pierre Pariseau suddenly and provocatively said to Tamogami Toshio who finished his speech and was being interviewed by a cable television, “You would be arrested for unconstitutional if you were German. What do you think?”  A few Japanese, who were listening to Tamogami’s speech,  got angry at Pariseau’s rude words against Tamogami. 

I understand why these Japanese got angry with Pariseau. But I was a little disappointed at behaviors of these Japanese to shout furiously at this Canadian.  They should understand that this Canadian said rude words to Tamogami deliberately as a provocation and they responded to his provocation as he had expected.  We Japanese should understand that over 9 out of 10 westerners living in Japan have the same ideas about Yasukuni issue or Tamogami’s controversial essay as this Canadian.  Pierre Pariseau has written negative articles about Yasukuni Shrine for ‘The Japan Times’ two or three times.  The people who got angry with Pierre Pariseau should recognize almost westerners, especially the Allies’(America, Britain, Australia and so on.) people have stereotype that they Allies fought against inhuman Fascism states 65 years ago and liberated the people from it.  Therefore, if the person who denies or argues against the Allies’ historical perspective appears in front of them, they routinely try to label him/her as historical revisionist like Pavlov’s conditioned reflex. The word ‘Uyoku (Right Wing) ‘ is the term applied in place of ‘historical revisionist’ in Japan by foreign press. Almost westerners who try to label him/her as historical revisionist or Uyoku don’t want to debate on history with him/her from the beginning.  So Pierre Pariseau intentionally had a shit-eating grin on his face after saying a rude word against Tamogami and this Canadian hurried away from Yasukuni Shrine. It is obvious that the goal of this Canadian was only provocation against the Japanese intending to make them angry.

Actually, I too had the similar stereotype about Yasukuni Shrine to Pierre Pariseau until just a few years ago. It was 6 years ago that I visited Yasukuni Shrine for the first time.  Before visiting Yasukuni’s Yushukan (military and war museum),  I too thought that Yasukuni was Militarist Shrine.  I had a lot of negative image of Yauskuni such as black vehicles right-wing campaigners making poisonous and intense noises.  However,  I entered Yushukan and stood in front of over 6000 portraits who died in the war,  and as I read each and every one of farewell notes that so many people’s left,  I found ‘the true human dignity’ in farewell notes and understood what they died for.

What do you think they died for? I suppose you will answer “For the Emperor (Tenno)!” if you have the above-mentioned stereotype.  There are so many farewell notes to their families. These farewell notes speak to you why they fought at the risk of their lives and what they desperately tried to protect  They had things that are worth risking their lives! They had things that are worth giving their lives! Their wives,  their daughters,  their sons,  their mothers and their hometowns.  Even if they shouted,  “Tenno Heika Banzai! and died at the front,  their hearts were always with their families until the last moment of their lives.  More important for us,  these farewell notes speak to us that they entrusted Japan to future generations and died. Who are future generations that they entrusted ‘Japan’ to?  Naturally, we can never ignore the last wishes of the people who sacrificed their lives for Japan.  However,  if the people who died for Japan in the war see the reality of today’s Japan,  if they see the emotionally-disturbed society such as children kill their parents or corrupt politicians get hooked on women and money,  I’m sure they would be disappointed and lament over today’s Japan.  It is consequence of 65 years that the Japanese people have been turning their back on Yasukuni Shrine since the end of the war.  I realized I had been thankless Japanese when I read farewell notes at Yasukuni.

As you may know,  it has become controversial whether voting rights should be given to permanent foreign residents or not in Japan’s political world.  I would like to propose that the Japanese government should give voting rights to 2,466,532 people who are enshrined as ‘spirits of the war dead’ at Yasukuni first,  prior to giving voting rights to foreign residents who came to Japan by their own self-interest.  We must never forget that 2,466,532 people died for Japan and entrusted Japan’s future to us who live in the present.  The 65th anniversary of the end of the Greater East Asia war will come soon.

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1. MB - August 15, 2010

I understand that you get many harrassing comments on this blog, but I want to say calmly that the kinds of views you’re advocating here are counterproductive.

Yasukuni’s view of the war, outlined on its website, clearly contradicts the conensus of the vast majority of historians around the world about WWII. Furthermore, as we’ve seen this year, it exists as a means for Japan to send contradictory messages on 8/15 when the government is attempting to apologize-something which is urged by most of the international community.

If the Japanese government and Yasukuni were willing to adopt an internationally acceptable view of history and make clear apologies, then there would be no political controversy, and families of these soldiers who died in WWII might be able to honor their memories in peace.

Continuing on this path gives the impression that you are selfishly abusing the memories of the war dead and their descedents in order to stir up trouble and gain attention for yourself.

2. hendrik - October 16, 2010

Those war criminals were the aggressor , they were not defending their country . This is the most biased blog ever .
no wonder 日本人の女の子が糞を食べる

3. J - February 7, 2011

To die for their families, they killed other family members. Such as babies, women, children, and non-japanese soldiers who try protect their dears.

4. J - February 7, 2011

By the way, the Canadian was not so rude. It was a straightforward question. The Japanese were rude all throughout the incidence.
Japanese culture is seriously sick. Pathologically hypocritical.

5. 日本老年人 - March 22, 2011

世界军事网 2011-03-16 21:46:26














K - April 6, 2011

How about writing in English?
Japanese people don’t know that you should probably
use English in this website?

6. Zazza - March 23, 2011

Yasukuni Shrine is a monument for jingoism and religious fanaticism. People listed there died and killed for a man they thought was a god.

Saki - March 29, 2011

There is no god in Japan.
We just believed our victory and keep nation.

Zazza - April 2, 2011

No god in Japan, except the millions of deities all around the country which are still worshipped today.

7. h. - April 7, 2011

wtf. i hate jap.

8. 金美齢ファンクラブ - April 9, 2011










9. 金美齢ファンクラブ - April 9, 2011




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10. Anonymous - April 10, 2011

What i dont understand is how come Japanese and Germanse are taking so different attitude on what they did in WWII. Is it juz ethnical and cultural difference? Is it cuz of political puppetiers? Or are they so dumb to know what is wrong?

Saki - April 10, 2011

What German did is holocoust which mean massacre for jews.
but there is no proof nanking massacre still now.
we don’t need to behave like claimed for Chinese

11. ああ - April 29, 2011









12. fyou - April 14, 2012

A nice place to burn down.

Fuck you nips. Go join your ancestors in hell.

13. _____ - April 14, 2012

They died for being brainwashed zombies who sucked the emperor’s dick. They died in vain.


14. Mark - June 7, 2013

I am not making excuses for the Japanese, because I believe that, in general- not on rare occassions, the Japanese acted like wild animals- in some cases worse. I think there are probably two reasons for this- firstly, the Japanese believed the lives of others to be of little value because they believed that the Japanese were a divine race. Secondly, the commanders took little action to stop the individual soldiers and prevent atrocities- atrocities were committed by every nation, but they become widespread when it is condoned or encouraged by leaders. Thirdly, The Japanese were, to some extent, caged animals in a strict conformist close-knit society, and when they were let off the leash, the ran like a domestic dog who has gotten into a chicken house, killing randomly and viciously for entertainment.

After ten years in Japan, I sincerely believe that there are many great Japanese people, but in general, I believe that all of the above characteristics would immediately present themselves again if there was another war, and once again, following the war, the Japanese would deny any wrongdoing.

15. Arif G. Moinuddin - November 30, 2013

I don’t see what all this controversy about the Yasukuni shrine is about, and the HUGE amount of controversy that goes when a Japanese leader visits it. it is a place for Japan to honor its war dead. There is nothing wrong with that. WHy do people make such a big deal out of it?

Look at West Point Cemetery and Vietnam war memorial. West Point Cemetery hosts the graves of people like General Custer who dubbed himself as an “Indian Hunter”- meaning to say he prided himself in killing Native Americans. And he is honored. But nobody complains.

Nobody complains when a US leader visits the Vietnam war memorial either….not considering the Vietnam war memorial in DC honors people who were napalming villages, and enforcing US colonial policy on an unwilling population.

But nobody complaints because the West Point Cemetery and the Vietnam memorial is a place to honor America’s war dead. Japan surely deserves such a place too. It is incredible- the amount of double standard “apologists” and “democracy lovers” have.

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