TIL Emperor Hirohito apologised for Japan’s warcrimes in WW2, which Douglas MacArthur allegedly rejected by refusing to acknowledge Hirohito’s presence. Patrick Lennox Tierney, the source for the story, would call it “the rudest, crudest, most uncalled for thing I have ever witnessed in my life”

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  1. Up until I found [this wikipedia page](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan) I was under the impression Japan had never formally apologised for their numerous, horrific war crimes in WW2.

    There is still a prominent ultranationalist movement in Japan who advocate historical revisionism in regards to Japan’s actions in WW2, such as denying the existence of comfort women and otherwise downplaying the atrocities Japan committed. Shinzo Abe was a part of this faction.

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