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7.09.2007

KAMIKAZE? NOT AGAIN!

Named after the typhoon that stopped Kublai Khan's invasion of Japan, the young warriors that were sent to slam their planes into American warships are being resurrected and hailed as heroes. A new movie written by Tokyo's Governor, the "Kamikaze" is once again being proclaimed as warriors worthy of emulation by today's Japanese youth.


Of course, when noticed and criticized by the foreign media, the Japanese "Nationalists" quickly attempts to soften their message. Despite that, a different message seems to come out when the film's director was asked about the Kamikaze and the war itself.

"While insisting to reporters that the movie's message is anti-war, director Taku Shinjo said Japan launched the war in Asia in self-defense, and that the decision to send young men on suicide missions was the only option left as the conflict neared its end.

"When you get to the roots of the Japanese soul, I think they are embodied in the kamikaze pilots," he said."

Self defense? I wonder if forcing thousands of young women (some of whom have not even had their first monthly periods) to become sex slaves can actually be considered as an act of self defense.

With that kind of statement from the movie's director, I am curious as to how he can accurately portray the war's and its real lessons in that movie. In addition, Japan's recent attempts to revise its war history makes this film something worth every protest that the war victims- the comfort women especially, can muster.

The film, at the very least, is very ill timed.

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