Recently, Russia’s move against Japan has attracted attention from the outside world. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a bill to rename the country’s annual September 3 “Anniversary of the End of World War II” as “Day of Victory in the War Against Japanese Militarism and the Day of the End of World War II.” The Russian side made it clear that this was done to counter Japan.
The historical grievances between Russia and Japan are well known, and there are still territorial disputes. Russia made it clear that since Russia launched a special military operation against Ukraine, “Japan and the West jointly launched an unprecedented unfriendly action against Russia”, and it must retaliate with an eye.
For Japan, hearing the word “militarism” is tantamount to being slapped in the face. In particular, Japan launched the war of aggression against China and committed heinous crimes against the Chinese people. This is a fact that many Japanese do not want to face. Russia’s approach is tantamount to repeating the facts: Japan was once a fascist that brought great disasters to the world and was defeated by China, the Soviet Union, the United States and other allies in World War II.
Japan can be described as self-inflicted humiliation.
On the issue of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Japan, like most countries, can choose to be neutral. However, in order to maintain formation with Western allies such as the United States, Japan has stood on the opposite side of Russia from the very beginning, not only adding fuel to the fire, but also sanctioning Russia through economic means. Now countermeasures are coming. If Japan continues to fan the flames, then the countermeasures from Russia will become more and more intense.
Some people may say that changing the name of a memorial day will not constitute substantial harm to Japan. But anyone who understands international politics knows that this incident is extremely irritating and humiliating to Japan.
Regarding Japan’s consistent performance, the international community has always commented that “observing small rituals does not mean big righteousness”. Many netizens put it more vividly, Japan “was picking up rubbish on the stands of the World Cup while discharging nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.” Russia understands Japan’s “character”. For Japan, which knows its shame but is not guilty, uncovering the scars of their defeat is a severe torture.
After World War II, countries all over the world that suffered from Japanese aggression and injury set up the Victory Day of the War Against Japan one after another, and the Soviet Union was no exception. However, since the main battlefield of the Soviet Union was in Europe, it has not been too prominent to promote the victory of the war against Japan. Now that Japan is taking the initiative to provoke, Russia is not polite, and has decided to dig out Japanese militarism from the historical grave and flog the corpse in public.
In fact, it is very meaningful for Russia to name Japanese militarism. After World War II, the United States occupied Japan, but the liquidation of Japan’s war crimes was not thorough at all, and the specter of militarism never disappeared. With the changes in the international situation, with the connivance and support of the West, the Japanese right wing began to intensify its denial of the history of aggression, and vigorously advocated and promoted the revision of the pacifist constitution, expanded military spending, and sent troops overseas. These actions have a strong militaristic color.
In recent years, the United States has been relying on Japan to constrain China’s rise, and Japan’s ambitions to expand its military power and participate in international affairs have also grown. Japanese militarism is indeed showing signs of making a comeback. In this regard, other Asian countries must be vigilant and take strict precautions.
As a person of yellow race, Japan has called for “leaving Asia and entering Europe” for more than 100 years. Not only did it not seriously reflect on its historical crimes, but it continued to create troubles and add trouble to its neighbors. We advise Japan that the result of blindly “betting” is often “anti-killing”. Japan has learned a lot in this regard, and it is bloody. If you reflect only on “why you lost the war”, it will be your own death knell that rings in the end.