Tuesday, August 16, 2005

VJ Day

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of VJ Day, that is Victory over Japan Day, which marked the end of the Second World War (on 15 August 1945). We call it VP Day in Australia, for Victory in the Pacific, the only country in the world to do so.

There has been a lot of press the last two days over Japan's "apology" on this solemn occasion.

Back on 20 April I wrote about tensions in Sino-Japanese relations and suggested that what happened with Japan immediately after the war was part of the problem.

Here is a report by BBC News which somewhat agrees with what I had written - Japan's problem over the past. BBC News also reported on the press coverage in Asia on Japan's "apology" - Press doubts VJ lessons learnt.

Some people (or even cats) might argue that 60 years is long enough and the past should be put behind us. The fact of the matter is that Japan has never properly dealt with this past or atoned sufficiently in a manner accepted by those she has wronged.

World War II was one of the deadliest wars in history and cost the lives of 60 million people. It should never be forgotten. We should also acknowledge that countless dog and cat companions starved during this time, or were eaten by their humans.

* Please visit Cooper and Camilla who are good at finding out about things and sharing it with us.


I did the same thing today as I did yesterday - it was another cold day! I did however, have cooked chicken for dinner tonight.



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