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How Japan’s ‘BBC’ is Rewriting Its Role in the Second World War

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Naoki Hyakuta says Japan was lured into the Second World War by America while liberating Asia from white colonialism. He denies war crimes such as the 1937 Nanjing massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese civilians. Such views are common among revisionists in Japan. Mr Hyakuta, however, sits on the board of the nation’s public service broadcaster.

NHK has annual revenue of more than $6bn (£3.7bn), putting it close to the BBC. Like the British broadcaster, it is obliged to be impartial and aloof from the political fray, so the company is under intense fire for the extraordinary views of four its governors, all reportedly handpicked by the right-wing Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The 12-member board controls programming policy and budgets.

The furore began two weeks ago in a press conference by NHK’s new chairman, Katsuto Momii, who stunned journalists by saying it was “only natural” that NHK should follow the government line on Japan’s territorial disputes with its neighbours. “When the government says ‘left’ we can’t say ‘right’,” he said. He then defended Japan’s wartime system of sex slaves, saying such a system was “commonplace” in war.

Next up it was the turn of board member Michiko Hasegawa. In an essay written a month before her appointment, she eulogised an ultra-nationalist who committed ritual suicide a decade ago in protest outside Japan’s liberal-left Asahi newspaper. “There could be no better offering,” said Ms Hasegawa.


Japanese recruits at bayonet drill using Chinese prisoners as targets,
after the capture of the Chinese capital, Nanjing, in 1937

Mr Hyakuta is a vocal supporter of Toshio Tamogami, the candidate for Tokyo governor who was sacked as air-force general in 2007 for denying the accepted narrative of the war. In a speech last week campaigning for Mr Tamogami, he called the Nanking Massacre a “fabrication”.

The appointments have crystallised lingering fears about Mr Abe’s agenda. He wants to radically overhaul three of Japan’s basic modern charters: the 1946 pacifist constitution, the education law and the security treaty with the United States.

Critics say such a far-reaching project would have profound consequences for Japan, but the NHK controversy seems to show that Mr Abe intends to shut debate down. “Momii is perfectly willing to, in effect, turn NHK into a propaganda mouthpiece of the current administration,” thundered an unusually fierce editorial in The Japan Times.


Toshio Tamogami, the candidate for Tokyo governor who was sacked as
air-force general in 2007 for denying the accepted narrative of the war

The battle lines around Mr Abe’s agenda are set to harden. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party is preparing to challenge the constitutional ban on collective self-defence, a pillar of Japan’s post-war pacifist stance. Opinion polls suggest that more than half of the public oppose Mr Abe’s pet project. Having the state broadcaster on your side no doubt helps.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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He denies war crimes such as the 1937 Nanjing massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese civilians.
and that's a crime ???

facts are facts and i hate how the elitist in each country work so hard to alter them

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"He denies war crimes such as the 1937 Nanjing massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese civilians."

Of course it never happened, it was all photoshopped


What a fucking idiot

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They are a delusional bunch

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It is what it is. The Tojo's were savages. The pictures to the massacre can even be found on this gore site. For him to even say sex slaves (comfort ladys) were essential to the Tojos during war is a slap to the face. They might not be my ancestors, but I would'nt be speaking so lightly about such events.

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I guess they were trying to 'liberate' Hawaii when the bombed Pearl Harbor.

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Naoki Hyakuta says Japan was lured into the Second World War by America while liberating Asia from white colonialism.
Japan can brainwash its citizens as much as it wants, but the Asian countries they were "liberating" aren't going to fucking forget.

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i,m going to Japan in 3 weeks ,, cool

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Japan can brainwash its citizens as much as it wants, but the Asian countries they were "liberating" aren't going to fucking forget.
It is definitely a great way to piss China off.

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I think Japan is still ashamed of their actions during WW2 and so they should be, did you know that for decaded they refused to teach their school kids anything about their role in WW2? There was an entire generation that didn't know about it and thought that westeners didn't know what a barbaric bunch of bastards the japs really are.
Fuck Japan.

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