A country that is often unfortunatly and ignorantly associated with just anime and manga. There is more depth to this country other than its products. It has had its share of beautiful and dark periods of history, and it is the subject of criticism by many people for the atrocities it committed during WWII and its occupation of other Asian countries prior to WWII. Although a proserous and upright country as of now (to most standards), many look down upon it believing that Japan's post-WWII generation has ignorantly benefitted from the atrocities of their parents and at the expense of the suffering of other Asian nations. While not without some truth, it is true that foreigners would forgo the opportunity to check out the other beautiful cultures in Asia like that of Korea or Vietnam only to see more anime and eat sushi and pretend to speak Japanese, giving Japan unwarranted attention and wealth. (No real complaining on the money making, but who the hell wants to be known ONLY for producing sushi and anime by the majority of the world population? I'm sure Japan never intended that either.)
It sad to see that a culture and people as equally beautiful as any other is packaged and marketted to the masses in consumable chunks as if, for no good reason, anime and manga were the final word on the Japanese culture. If any country is jealous of that, I'd be amazed (look at previous comments enclosed in parenthesis) As a Korean American, I'd never want Disney or comic books shaping what others think of Americans, or God forbid allow Korean Drama to impress upon others of what an average Korean's day is like.
Japan is not an enemy of any nation as of now, but realistically speaking, nothing can compensate for the damage it had done when it was an enemy to some peoples. I mean, who'd want to undertake the process of righting the millions of death that occurred at the hands of the Japanese? No amount of monetary compensation can do it, no amount of "official" apologies can do it, and, certainly, no one in their right mind would go out and kill several million Japanese people for the purpose of reparation; that would only piss off more people (including myself) other than the Japanese, quite possibly the whole world, and the plan will surely backfire. This is a word of caution to those that are quick to demand that Japan fully compensate for the damage; not humanly possible. This also goes out to those that believe Japan should be forgiven and continue on as if its crimes are all part of a past better-forgotten; It definitely happened and it should and always will be a shameful reminder to Japan of its bloody period in history; its children should feel the weight of their parent's sins. So here is basically what I am saying: Japan, you'll never part with your dark sins, so don't even try, you'll open old and new wounds otherwise (textbook incident); you fucked up BIIIG time, so learn from it and make the lesson stick. All others, quit playing the "Japan Fucked Us Over And Should Repay" card and pay attention on getting your own countries to Japan's level of popularity on the global market (no anime knockoffs, pleeeeeeease!!!) instead of complaining how Japan is benefitting off of China's or Korea's past suffering; true to an extent, as it may be, but its time to move on. Beat them on the economic war if you hate em so much; taking money is better than taking apologies or lives.
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