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Japanese defense minister says “US was justified using atomic weapons to end WWII”, forced to resign July 3, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History.

Remarkable statements that seem so unremarkable

He acknowledges the bombs caused great suffering.  That’s true.

Then he says they forced Japan to surrender when they otherwise would have kept on fighting.  That’s also true.

He added they might have lost territory to a Soviet invasion.  That is quite probably true, check out a map of Kamchatka sometime.

Well Japan, I understand your sentiments about Little Boy and Fat Man.  It might be useful for you to consider them in the light of the great suffering your nation inflicted upon one third of the globe, almost all of Asia.  Over 12 years.

Political arguments: why are they always targeted at the lowest common denominator?  Are we all really that stupid?



1. nicedeb - July 3, 2007

I get queasy even thinking about what we did, but THEY are the ones who put us in that position.

I admire the honesty and candor of the Japanese Defense Minister, and find it rather unfortunate that he was forced to resign for stating the truth of the matter.

2. lauraw - July 3, 2007

Suffering in Asia under the Japanese? I had no idea.
There also were no ‘comfort women.’ Ever.

I have no idea why my mom’s Indonesian boyfriend hates Japanese people to this day. He must just be one of those racists.

3. daveintexas - July 3, 2007

I was impressed with the guy’s moral courage. Too bad honesty isn’t all that valued in politics.

4. IreneFingIrene - July 3, 2007

Perhaps it was the way he said it.. maybe he needs some tips from Toyama Koichi.

5. TXMarko - July 3, 2007

Japanese are involved in quite a bit of history revisionism.

Saving face means that much to them.

I understand they do not teach much in Japanese schools of WWII Imperialism, etc.

The “Rape of Nanking” was some of the most brutal behavior by an occupying army, ever.

Google it, Rosie.

6. S. Weasel - July 3, 2007

I probably owe my life to the bomb. My dad was a fresh new army lieutenant steaming toward the Pacific to take part in what was going to be a huge land invasion of Japan. I can’t imagine his chances were too good.

7. daveintexas - July 3, 2007


Yeah weasel, you just might at that.

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