Japanese scholars blasting imperialism


A group of 1,270 intellectuals in Japan, including Nobel Prize laureate Kenzaburo Oe, has urged Tokyo to self-reflect on the territorial disputes over the Dokdo islets and Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in Chinese), saying in a statement, “Let’s end the vicious cycle of the terrestrial issue.” They issued a statement of appeal Friday in Tokyo saying, “We should not forget that this issue derives from the history of Japanese aggression in Asia.” The statement urges Japan to prevent a vicious cycle in which it disregards history and thus creates tension with and raises nationalism in neighboring countries, eventually triggering a crisis from terrestrial disputes.To prevent this imperialist trend that has Japan fast heading toward a right-wing ideology and to make the country directly face its history of aggression, the campaign has enlisted Hitoshi Motoshima, former mayor of Nagasaki, and Ken Tanaka, general secretary of…

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