A Concise Dictionary of Japanese History Revisionism
Compiled by Zhang Donglin
The words Japan and Japanese used in the following entries refer ONLY to those which/who are responsible for the actrocities of the War and those which/who try to hide, to deny, or to white-wash the most horrible and ugly things they have done in human history.
If you see gibberishes in the brackets, it is because they are in Japanese.
Entries contributed by our Japanese friend is initialed as JK.
A term commonly used by history revisionists in Japan. Similar to "racist". Mostly refers to those Japanese who
1) act against History Neo-liberalism. (JK)
2) refused to become murderers and robbers during the war. (ZD)
3) want genuine friendship and cooperation with their neighbouring countries. (ZD)
Something the Japanese should make to its Asian victims but demanded from the US instead.
1) A term to fool Japan's neighbours in believing that they are being liberated from Western colonialism;
2) Similar to colonialism but worse than the Western sense;
3) Means hell and slavery from the perspectives of the "liberated".
1) A device to save face when surrender;
2) A device to divert the attention of the Japanese people from internal problems to external matters;
3) A gift from the US to save the monarchy and prevent Japan from the "corruption" of Western democracy;
4) A gift from the US which allows the Japanese to claim themselves victims of the War;
5) A device for Japanese right-wingers to hide their anti-American motive while protesting in the name of peace and humanity;
6) Something used to blame the US for everything bad in Japan. (E.g. in the movie "The Black Rain", the Yakusha boss told a US police officer that the brutality and savageness of his ex-colleague was because of the Bomb.);
7) A device to create guilt feelings among American people;
8) A device to provoke nationalist feelings among Japanese;
9) A device prevented Japanese government from carrying out a plan to eliminate 100,000,000 Japanese by orgainizing them to fight against the Allies with bamboo spears. The Japanese "nationalists" are still resent about it;
10) A device prevented the Japanese from enjoying slaughtering PoWs and innocent people in its occupied areas, plundering to their satisfaction, burning and gang-raping on a daily base. They have every reason to resent about it!
11) A device prevented the Japanese from carrying out more massacres which could eventually make the Nanjing Massacre a "minor incident" and the history revisionists not liars. They have every reason to resent about it!
A Japanese moral virtue demonstrated:
1) by telling lies without brinking an eye;
2) by remaining silence in front of a video camera for 5 minutes after denying the existence of "comfort women" but confronted with official records.
Gyakusatsu (虐殺)/ massacre
1) Call it "lie" when being accused of;
2) Or call it a "minor incident";
3) The best way to show off the courage of the Japanese Imperial army when the enemies are actually unarmed civilians and disarmed POWs;
4) A sadist term. It is not just killing in great numbers but killing in the most savage ways.
Hansei (反省) / reflection; reconsideration
1) A word used to fool the Chinese in believing that the Japanese government is sorry for what they have done during the War;
2) Different from Chinese implications, it means review involving no moral judgement. E.g. hanseikai: a meeting of reviewing (the activity of a club);
3) To fool the world that Japan regrets for its aggressive role in the War but in fact just improves its means and tactics to achieve the same ambition of conquering the world: not by military force but through yen.
Hara kiri (腹きり)
It is not just a way to protect the honor of a samurai. It is also common practice of the Japanese Imperial army to treat their rape victims or to those who refused to be raped.
1) A historical theory promoted by an "official" professor at the top university. Same as the German revisionists but worse than the Germans. Targetting many races instead of one. (JK)
2) A new theory so liberal that it liberates itself from basic facts of history. (ZD)
History Text-book in Japan
1) Compilations of tales to brainstorm young school children. There is no truth in history. Everything is just a fairly tale. (JK)
1) Something very fragile in the history of modern Japan. It must be consciously protected by lies;
2) In most cases, it means "shame" in other languages;
3) Something maintained by covering up scandals.
The glory of a country. Literally means "the body of a nation" which has to be maintained by lots of cosmetic materials, esp. lies, in Japan.
Similar to massacre and atrocities but more horrible. Only refer to things the Japanese done to its neighbours during the War. When similar things happen to the Japanese, such as the bombing of Japanese cities, use atrocities.
"Masochistic Historical Theory"
1) A term used by the historical neo-liberalism to attack its academic opponents. It propagates "a recovery from the masochistic theory" imposed by SCAP," i.e. to glorify aggressive wars and a totalitarian police-state. (JK)
2) A theory to prevent the Japanese government from practising sadism again. (ZD)
Very risky business in Japan especially if you publish an officially licensed history text-books. The publishing house becomes a target of "Gaisen-sha" (shouting by a very loud loud-speaker), and right-wing bastards.
The business cannot expect protection from Police dispite the existence of the Penal Code which is supposed to punish "interference to others' business by force".
Nevertheless, this gives business oppotunities to right-wing bastards. (JK)
Whatever criticism against Japan is racist. Thus, Tomiichi Maruyama is a racist when he apologized for Japan's wrong doings in WW II.
1) Something the Japanese Imperial army did in broad daylights;
2) Something the Japanese Imperial army enjoy so much that they always took photographs of their victims for amusement and talked about it at home (in front of their families?);
3) Something always happen in Japanese occupied areas during the War. Same as gang rape. A Japanese court ruled that the word should not be mentioned in Japanese history textbooks because it is a "normal phenormenon". No big deal;
4) Another privilege of the Japanese Imperial army. Victims should be killed if not gang raped to death already according to an advice given by a Japanese commander;
5) Something the Japanese Imperial army always did in front of their victims' parents or husbands esp. during the Nanjing Massacre;
6) Part of the payments the Japanese military authority to its soldiers;
7) Used in the same meaning as in other languages when a Japanese is raped by an American.
"Remorse for the War"
1) Always used with ambiguity that it can refer to Japanese soldiers rather than their victims.
2) Always put Japanese sufferings first so that it can mean an accusation against the Allies for defeating Japan.
3) Always used to fool the world that Japan has apologized for its war crimes.
In Japanese Imperial army, it has become a norm and will be deleted from Japanese dictionaries.
Shinshutsu (進出) / marching; advance
Movements of the Japanese Imperial army into neighbouring countries. The activities involve excessive violence. Invasion is used instead when a foreign country such as the US "advanced" into Japan.
Syazai (謝罪) / apologize (for crime)
This is the right word for an apology. However, it will become obsolete because it will never be used.
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