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View on History in Post-War Japan:Changes in the TextbooksConcerning the War Narratives of Japanese Invasion of China(PDF)

《南京师范大学学报(社会科学版)》[ISSN:1006-6977/CN:61-1281/TN]

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2017年06期
Page:
66-
Research Field:
【历史学研究】
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Title:
View on History in Post-War Japan:Changes in the TextbooksConcerning the War Narratives of Japanese Invasion of China
Author(s):
KE Jing-song
Keywords:
Japanhistorical viewtextbookshistory educationwar of aggression against China
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Abstract:
During the 70 years after the ending of World War II,there are some objective accounts of thehistory of Japanese invasion of China in the mainstream history textbooks in Japan,but some distortions can beidentified in the accounts of some basic historical facts and the guiding principle of viewing the history is alsoproblematic. For instance,the accounts of Nanjing Massacre are fraught with ambiguity and evasion;there islittle discussion on what responsibility the Japanese emperor should take;there is no mention of such atrocitiesas the use of chemical weapons and undifferentiated bombing;the Tomiichi’s speech and accounts of comfortwomen are short-lived;too much emphasis is placed on Japan’s role as a war victim rather than a war criminal.In short,there has always been an underlying desire to conceal historical facts through replacements of contentsin the history textbooks in Japan. Therefore,it can be said that the distorted accounts in the history textbooksare the source of the increasing conservativism among Japanese people and their revisionist view on history.This has a negative impact on the official as well as the popular understandings of history in today’s Japan.

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