"Unknown, unprecedented history. It may sound unimaginable, but the Japanese army permitted the British to set up their own monument to mourn the war dead"
Dec. 23rd, 2014 / Last updated Aug. 2017



Samurai Democracy.
It is purely a Japanese traditional culture to pay deep respect to the deceased, not to be argued those who offered the ultimate sacrifice for their beloved nation.

And that is simply why, during WW2, after the British surrendered in Singapore, the Imperial Japanese Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita acknowledged the war-dead of both nations be mourned along each other. It may sound totally unthinkable given the fact the British were defeated in the "Battle of Singapore" in 1942, but it was, and still is customary for the "Land of the rising sun" to commemorate the souls of the war dead, regardless the race and the color or their skin.

Therefore, if you happen to visit Singapore, don't just go to a flamboyant casino at Marina Bay Sands.
And if you visit Tokyo, please pay a visit to the well known Yasukuni shrine. It is also a place to commemorate the war-dead. Let me be unequivocal here - please do not be mislead by some biased, shallow minded medias that depict the place to "glorify war". If you do not believe me, just go see with your own eyes!






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JB's editor in chief - YT


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チキンライスを食べる前に、日本人ならば足を運んでおきたい場所が、シンガポールにある。

「昭南忠霊塔」だ。

1942年 2月15日、それまで百年以上、シンガポールを支配していた大英帝国軍は、日本軍の前に全面降伏した。映像をご覧いただければ判るが、我が国の勝利に貢献した戦没者を慰霊するのみならず、当時の山下奉文陸軍大将は、なんと敗者側のイギリス軍戦死者にも、慰霊碑を建立する許可を与えたのである。

言うまでもなく、これは歴史上前例なき措置であった。

日本人として、世界に堂々と誇れることでもある。

マリーナ・ベイサンズのカジノや、マーライオンもいいが、戦後七十年を前にこの聖なる場所も、心の片隅にインプットしておこう。


黙祷。

谷山雄二朗



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