spointo wrote:i think japanese people of today ARE trying to mend the ways of the past but other countries are not letting them repair the damage so easily. please, don't forget also that many crimes were commited against japan and it's people also...crimes they too are still paying for. this doesn't make anything right of course ok!
everybody has been hurt from the past, in 1 way or another. discrimination is still everywhere, even in this day and age.
I live and work in Japan right now (I'm from Australia by the way) and I know that many many many people don't fully and 100% understand the situations some of you guys are talking about. If the Japanese people (not the japanese Government) were given the chance I think you would find them to be warm, honest, regretful, curious, welcoming and interested in other cultures.
I do Graphic Design here in Japan...I work with some very open minded and clever people...I meet many people who study English or want to study English...and when I ask them WHY? They all say..."because I want to talk to many people from all over the world!"
Please be careful not to mistake the actions and views of the Governments in ALL your countries to be the same view of the people also...this is what leads to conflict...it's a simple misunderstanding.