Accepted but not necessary
So some senior Japanese politician has apologised on NT soil for the Japanese bombings of Darwin in the second world war.
OK, that’s fine I guess.
But was it really necessary?
It was 70 frickin’ years ago, done to and by people who are mostly long gone or enjoying their senior years eating cat food.
This apology doesn’t change my feelings towards Japan one single iota.
I still love them, can’t get over how neat and clean the place is, give thanks for all their electronics and cars and Samurai swords, and still think they’re kind of crazy… but in a good way.
Rather than give an apology that has about as much relevance to 2012 as this link, why not do something concrete like devoting more than two pages of school history textbooks to WWII?
Two pages that basically say, “Yeah, there was a war and we lost.”
When I lived in Japan, I made more than a few jaws drop when I told Japanese friends at the time about some of the stuff they actually did during WWII.
They didn’t know because that period has been completely whitewashed.
Not that I really give a shit anyway for reasons stated above.
It’s like former PM Kevin Rudd’s vacuous apology for the mythical Stolen Generations.
How much has that actually helped today’s Aborigines?
Jack fuck all. That’s how much.
So, well, thanks. But if you’re going to apologise for anything, next time make it relevant.
Like apologising for Sony.
Or apologising to Korea.