[Hiroshima] – Every year tens of thousands gather at a peace memorial park in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city. Strikingly, for the first time, this year’s anniversary of the atomic bombing will also mark the start of WW-II.
A representative of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained that the new anniversary fits with Abe’s view on recent history. “Abe has many times declared that people should not live in the past, but rather focus on the future”. “However, he adds, “it is important to do so in a selective way”.
In practice, the Japanese government has decided to focus all attention on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Other topics, including Japan’s wartime aggression, will receive a lower priority.
As a part of this policy, the military conflict between Japan and the U.S. now no longer starts with the attack on Pearl Harbor, but rather with the surprise atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
“It is important for Japanese youths to understand the impact of this sudden sneak attack by the white devils, rather than to pay attention to fictional events that may or may not have preceded it”, concluded the representative.