There is one thing that I noticed after I started to walk around the world, countries such as US, China, South East Asian countries, India, UK, Germany, etc... It is the fact that Japan was one of the vicious axes in last world war, and that the world has not necessarily forgotten about it.
I was borne almost 10 years after the war is over. Quite fortunately, I have not experienced anything about the war in growing. 99.99% of Japanese would not think about the war daily bases any more. I did not.
It was my first overseas trip and first overseas business trip out of Japan. I think it was even my first experience using airplane for traveling. I traveled to Malaysia, first, and then to Singapore. The business went so-so good. My Singaporean friends took me to a bar for drinking.
We started to talk with the girls next to us after few drinks. Somehow, the topic became horror story and somebody talked about ghosts of Japanese soldiers in the border between Singapore and Malaysia, called Johol. I told them that my father was fighting in Singapore. It was my major mistake. After a silence, one of the girls told us that her grandfather was killed by Japanese Army...
The title of the book is "Eien-no Zero -Eternal Zero-" and the story is about a Japanese fighter pilot of Zero fighter.
PS: I have no intention to justify the World War II from Japanese view points, or justify any war. When young, I used to practice Martial Arts, my teacher kept telling me that avoid fighting is the best. I totally agree with him. It was ancient Chinese Strategist wrote that "avoiding and stopping war is the best strategy". I believe so, too. I wanted to briefly mention here that there were Japanese people who tried everything they could do to avoid the war and to stop the war even during the war. Existence of these peace loving Japanese people are blessing in the history in tough times.
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