Right to Blame

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China’s military budget has become the second largest in the world after America. It has been increasing at an unusually rapid rate, more than double in the past 6 years. Now it is beginning to step on the toes of other countries’ territories with its massive military power, having an intensive conflict with Japan, Philippines and Vietnam over the Senkaku Islands and the South China Sea. It has also become a serious problem that China has tortured many Tibetan monks, pushed them to suicide after invading Tibet and has been cracking down on Uighur.

On the other hand, Japan has maintained the pacifist Constitution since the end of the war, which advocates the renunciation of war and complete pacifism, for which even the right to life of Japanese could be threatened if Japan were to go into real combat. An attempt to revision of the constitution still could face stubborn opposition from its own people. As the constitution prohibits Japan from sending the Self-Defense Forces to a war zone, they have never killed even a single foreigner after the war. So, again, Japan’s contributions to the United Nations is still the world’s second largest after America. It has provided financial and technological aid to developing countries generously and played a big role for peace and development of the world ever. Its people of today hate any kind of conflict or speaking ill of other countries.

I think it is absurdly illogical that in spite of the above situation China describes Japan as “becoming militarized” or blames Japan on the war that happened 68 years before. I guess most Japanese can’t believe their ears to hear China’s accusation against Japan, and would say “Why are we Japanese who have practiced pacifism seriously criticized for militarization by China that continues military expansion and endangers the safety of its neighbors even now ?”

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