Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (200)

Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

– A person who has something to say about everything

Both China and South Korea have many museums that one-sidedly make Japan to be the villain. Taking vulnerable and exposed students to a place like that creates the danger of brainwashing. Japanese high school students have gone on school trips to South Korea and actually been made to get down on their knees and apologize. That’s education?

– Nishimura Kiyoshi, a director of the educational corporation that operates the private Reimei High School in Chiba. This year’s school trip will be to a location in Japan instead of either South Korea or China.

2 Responses to “Ichigen koji (200)”

  1. yankdownunder said

    actually been made to get down on their knees and apologize.

    Why do Japanese stand for this kind of treatment?
    At the least they should stop making trips to SK. And not start again until apologies are made by SK and SK(and China) close the hate-Japan museums.

    Also I would want the person in charge of the students to be dismissed or punished if such a thing happened to my child. Teachers should protect the students.

  2. Tony said

    It’s education alright, although not the type the Koreans are ultimately striving for.

    Going to such one sided museums is not bad in itself as a large part of the education can occur both before students go and when they come back by providing them with the true information or alternative interpretations where there is a discrepancy of facts or viewpoints on facts. This can also lead to deeper understandings of Korea and why there are still standing issues with Korea (at least outstanding from the Korean side).

    As for the bowing to apologize, shitty thing to ask high school kids to do but teachers can mitigate this by warning the students before going this may happen and then tell suggest that until they have all the facts should not do so unless they think it is the right thing to do.

    I say this remembering an NHK show here where NHK brought back the bombardier of the Enola Gay for the 60th anniversary of the bomb. He was introduced to several hibakusha (bombs survivors) and one asked him to apologize for he bombing. He refused. Clearly he wasn’t expecting this (not sure if NHK was either) but he handled it well. Because of the way the issue is thought of and taught in Japan, it was clear that the lady who asked for the apology was surprised she didn’t get one.

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