ISIS’ Moral Lessons for Japan

The lasting legacy of Yukawa and Goto
Japan society remains shaken over the last 2 weeks in unprecedented shock over the beheading of its 2 citizens, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, within a week of each another, by the Islamic ISIS Group in Syria.  Goto, a respected journalist working mostly in the war zones, reportedly went to Syria in October 2014 to try to secure Yukawa's release.

There is no justification whatsoever for ISIS actions. And no senseless deaths of civilians could ever be condoned by any decent human being in the world. Nothing in this Post is therefore intended to demean or devalue the life of Yukawa and Goto, as well as the many others who have fallen victims to ISIS-like inhuman and evil acts throughout the centuries.

It must surely be Deja Vu for many in the older generations in Japan. The thought and video of cold-blooded beheadings must surely evoke national memories kept hidden for nearly 70 years since the end of World War 2 (WW2). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemns the latest inexplicable killing, and calls it a "heinous act", sharing deep anger and commiseration with his fellow Japanese amidst understandable grief, sympathy and sorrows.  
Such “heinous” acts are not strange to the Japanese, of all people.

Former Japanese WW2 soldiers should have no difficulty seeing the similarity between ISIS standing over Goto and Yukawa just before their respective beheading and a Japanese military officer standing with drawn Samurai sword over one of the 300,000 Chinese in Nanjing and several Chinese cities mostly beheaded (see picture) in a similar manner. Even babies and little children were not spared by the Imperial Japanese.

Older Singaporeans will also remember the beheading of nearly 70,000-90,000 Singaporean Chinese during Operation Sook Ching by the Japanese Occupation from 1942-45. Younger Singaporeans should visit the exhibition galleries in the Old Ford Motor Factory at Bukit Timah, the former factory site where the British surrendered to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 to see and hear the memories of those who survived that tragedy.

The Japanese national position has been to deny that the Nanjing Massacre, and other wartime atrocities ever took place under its benevolent Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere campaign in China and South East Asia from 1935-1945. It has refused stubbornly to apologise for what never took place!

Even Japanese history books are re-written to de-emphasise such “heinous” conduct of the Japanese during WW2.  The denial of WW2 atrocity is the key mission of the influential revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi. It is reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is among its 35,000 members, as well as 15 of his 18 key members of the government following the 2014 reshuffle.  Japanese Prime Ministers and other Key Japanese politicians also regularly visit the Yasukuni Shinto Shrine where Japanese had enshrined its top 14 leading WW2 war criminals among the 1,068 other WW2 war criminals who committed “heinous” atrocities, to show their respect and reverence.

Imagine if ISIS were to follow the Japanese Model in remembrance of ISIS members who commit “heinous” acts of evil and decide to build a shrine to include the cold-blooded murderers of Yukawa and Goto? Imagine also that ISIS leaders regularly undertake a pilgrimage to this Shrine to honour and revere especially those who did the beheading of the 2 Japanese citizens?  Imagine further that ISIS dismisses any “allegations”, even withdraws its own video, of its beheading that never took place?  Imagine after all these, ISIS tells an astonished Japan that there is really nothing to apologise for since the beheadings never took place?   

And if someone were to suggest dropping a nuclear bomb on ISIS, assuming ISIS can so targeted, it should be remembered that not one but 2 atomic bombs merely end the Japanese War, but did little to make her feel remorseful or penitent to seek forgiveness and repentance.

This week, having been confronted by evil as great or greater than herself, Japan should begin nation-wide honest conversations over its own “heinous” past acts. Yukawa and Goto’s contribution to Japan social development may be to inspire his countrymen to confront historical truths and facts squarely and to recognize its own culpability in the prolonged pain and suffering in her victims as a result of her denial and recalcitrance.

The scars of Yukawa and Goto tragic deaths may never healed until Japanese takes active concrete steps to heal the wounds and painful memories of those whom she has inflicted much deeper wounds and pain. The lasting legacy of Yukawa and Goto lies in bringing the Truth of Japanese war atrocities into the living room, classrooms and social conversations. 

Ironically, ISIS’ only moral but greatest lessons in Yakuwa and Goto may well be to finally bring a remorseful and recalcitrant Japan onto its knees in deep contrite and regrets to owe up to its own similar beheading spree of innocence and other evil deeds 70 years ago in the Asia Pacific.

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agongkia said...

No time to finish reading the full story but such brutal acts were learnt from the apoona.

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Anonymous said...

For two fucking Japanese they acted and pretended that Japan was being attacked and they should go on a war footing.

The Japanese were using all kinds of silly excuses and fabricated acts to invade China in the early 20th century. Now they are up to it again.

Let's hope the ISIS will give it to them.

Veritas said...

The one who masturbate text book the most is not Japan but China.

PRC need to come clean on Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.

While Japan give shit to SG in WW2, PRC give shit to Cambodian and Viet Chinese. When Pot kill Chinese, PRC cheers. When Vietnam invade Cambodia to kick out Pot, PRC attack Vietnam.

The said...

/// Anonymous said...
For two fucking Japanese they acted and pretended that Japan was being attacked and they should go on a war footing.

The Japanese were using all kinds of silly excuses and fabricated acts to invade China in the early 20th century. Now they are up to it again. ///

Exactly. This is yet another ploy to rearm and restart its militarism (if it had not officially started). Unofficially, it had already been building up its offensive forces, using the fig-leaf of Self Defence Force. It is itching for a fight.

Veritas said...

You guys are crazy to think Japan will be militarize. This is all PRC propaganda. Japan median age today is 45 years old.

Such a structure dictate that Japan will not fight.

Anonymous said...

I think you are the crazy one. Japan already militarised and waiting to kill your mother and father one more time.

patriot said...

ISIS woukd not have beheaded the Two Japanese had Japan NOT CONTRIBUTED USD200 Million to the FIGHT AGAINST ISIS.
There could be more Japanese victims in tge Future.


Matilah_Singapura said...

I wonder if the Muslim terrorists bombers were INSPIRED by the Jap kamikaze bombers?

Japan has plenty to teach the world about "dirty fighting". Perhaps too much burusera aka "panty sniffing" makes Jap men go bonkers.

patriot said...

Veritas is not crazy, he has lost his way.

Anonymous said...

who taught ISIS the method of beheading?
who provided the best and most efficient examples?
Japan is No 1 in everything!

Anonymous said...

Fake one lah! In any case, Middle Easterers use a long sword for beheading, not the short US Army-iuuse type in the videos.

The said...

/// Matilah_Singapura said...
I wonder if the Muslim terrorists bombers were INSPIRED by the Jap kamikaze bombers? ///

Yup, the Japanese were the first again. The Kamikaze pilots were probably the first documented suicide bombers.

b said...

Everything is is a drama. Some organizations getting very rich day by day.

Anonymous said...

I like to see the ISIS taking on the Japs. Abe, quick send in your imperial forces.

The said...

Abe is about to launch the Greater Middle East Co-Prosperity Sphere.