Why doesn’t Japan get criticized as much as Germany for what they did in WW2 when their crimes are at the same level?

Why doesn’t Japan get criticized as much as Germany for what they did in WW2 when their crimes are at the same level?

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  1. It’s a valid question and there are several answers, some of them very ugly.

    1. By dropping the two atomic bombs on Japan, we essentially gave Japan a free pass for its war crimes, because what we did is seen as just as bad.

    2. What you have described is essentially the Western view. China and Korea,as the main victims of Japanese war crimes, hold a very different view and are both still very salty about it. Prior to WWII, the Japanese killed over ten million people in China.

    3. Unlike the unspeakable medical experiments in Nazi concentration camps, the equally unspeakable medical experiments in Japanese Unit 731 were quietly pardoned in exchange for the West having access to the results. Incidentally, this again is something China is extremely salty about.

    4. It’s an ugly but natural human reaction to care more about harm done to people who resemble you more. In the West we feel closer to the victims of Nazi war crimes than to Asian victims of Japanese war crimes (other than those inflicted on prisoners of war from our own countries). It’s the same reason why we feel closer to what the Ukrainians are suffering through now than what the same aggressor did in Syria.

  2. A few reasons:

    * The Japanese though part of the axis aren’t seen as the ones “who started the war”.

    * Their mayhem was mainly focused in Asia, meaning that after the war the crimes perpetrated recieved less attention by the Western victors.

    * They didn’t list their crimes like some sort of macabre librarians. This is important in history, people know exactly what the Nazis did because much of it was documented by the Nazis, the Japanese were more “spontenuous”.

    * finally, I feel like in Western perception the Japanese “Got what they deserved” because of the horror they endured in the end of the war. It is difficult to blame someone for attacking you while he’s in a coma.

  3. Because early in the occupation, US General MacArthur concluded that a full accounting of the crimes of the Japanese political and economic elites would push the country permanently into the hands of the Soviet Union, because the only innocent people were all members of the local Communist Party. So a myth was created, which the Japanese people gratefully embraced, that all the atrocities were the responsibility of a very few people, not of the Emperor who, they (falsely) claim, didn’t know nor of the subordinates who had no choice. (Source: John Dower, *Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II.*)

  4. The atrocities committed by Nazis were actually written doctrine. The Final Solution was a real plan that was intentionally to be carried out as brutally as possible. Japan’s treatment of its conquests and prisoners, while brutal, were more the result of general treatment of enemies at the time.

  5. Are you nuts? Still today Chinese TV, directly and completely controlled by the Communist Party of China, puts out a regular diet of anti-Japanese propaganda shows which daily reinforce the racist belief in their populace, that Japan is evil, the Japanese are evil, and that it’s their duty as Chinese to be anti-Japanese. Not against what happened back then, against the ordinary Japanese today, who weren’t alive back then.

    If you haven’t seen these anti-Japanese shows, you probably won’t really believe what I told you here.

  6. There are a few reasons why Japan doesn’t get as much criticism as Germany for their role in World War II. Firstly, Germany has taken responsibility for their actions and has tried to make amends, while Japan has not been as forthcoming with their apologies. Secondly, the scale of the atrocities committed by Japan was much greater than those committed by Germany. Finally, Japan is still seen as a more powerful country than Germany, and is therefore held to a higher standard.

  7. The most persistent ethocentric viewpoint is that the Germans should have known better as a ‘civilized’ country that gave the world Beethoven. The Japanese were seen as acting entirely in accordance with their more primitive nature and therefore not held to account in the same manner. The mass suicide of Japanese civilians on Okinawa fed into this and the unwillingness of their soldiers to surrender (think Kamikaze). Put simply, the West didn’t understand Japan and tbh most people would not be aware of the atrocities the Imperial forces committed in Manchuria such as dropping canisters of bubonic plague and cholera on cities. There is no equivalent to Holocaust rememberance for the war in the East.

  8. Germany f——d with more people who wanted justice. The countries Japan f——d with were too poor and the US made a deal with evil trading research for amnesty

  9. i think its the same reason why the US is getting so much more shit for slavery than any other country. it wasnt new, and its still happening today. but the atlantic slave trade was another dimension compared to anything that came before, same goes for nazis.
    genozide wasnt something new (the concept was, not the action), but never before did a state plan the eradication of a people with industrial means.

  10. They do but just not by the west. Also the west feels guilty we fuckin knew man l, we knew that the effects on the next generations would be horrific we knew that what we were going to do was wrong but we didn’t care. This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held responsible for thair actions

  11. First of all, unlike the Nazis, they did not have a policy of ethnic cleansing. The number of victims is small.
    You should look at the records of the Tokyo Trials.

  12. Well, it’s pretty silly to criticize a country now for something that happened 80 years ago when no one alive is responsible.

    But if you are talking about criticising the Japan of the past, then they do get criticised. If less overall then it could be simply because the war against Germany is more interesting to most people.

    However, there is an element of hypocrisy involved in the criticism. You see, what the Japanese did wasn’t much different to what the other world powers did: attempt to create an empire by invading others and brutally crushing resistance, and treating the locals as inferior… It’s kinda a little odd listening to the British, French, Dutch, Americans etc. Chastise Japan for that when they did exactly the same thing in other parts of the world. The British empire and all the territory and influenced enjoyed by English speakers didn’t fall from the sky: it was conquered and acquired through bloodshed

  13. I think part of it is the US is ashamed for dropping an atomic bomb on them so the whole affair gets glossed over except for commemorating Pearl Harbor. But I know a lot of people who do think a lot about Japan’s atrocities and hold them accountable. I knew a woman who was the foremost scholar on the Rape of Nanking, the horror of studying the event effected her life so deeply she ended up committing suicide. RIP Iris Chang

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