I am the Mr. Yu who was on the air with you gentlemen to-night.
As I said, there are many voices in Japan itself who are opposing this shrine visits by Koizumi.
I think we should have a calm, non-threatening and firm attitude, to oppose this new right-wing moves, but at the same time, to ENCOURAGE those reasonable voices in Japan.
One of these reasonable Japanese voices is a MS Kana Tomoko, a former director and producer of NHK (Japan’s Radio-TV network).
After 7 years in NHK, she left to become a freelance director.
She has produced 2 documentary films: One of which is called the Tears of the Great Land, which tells the harm and suffering caused by discarded chemical weapons in QiQiHaEr in China. The other film is about the sufferings of a Comfort Woman in Indonesia.
For the past 3 years, she had over 50 touring shows of these 2 films all over Japan. She also went with the former forced laborers to demonstrate in front of various Japanese district courts for their compensation claims.
She has also conducted study-tours for the Japanese public to come to China to visit QiQiHaEr and Nanking so that they can see for themselves.
She is also screening the films in various international film festivals.
As you know, more than 55% of Japanese do oppose these shrine visits and the 2 Japanese emperors did urge their subjects to ‘look history into the eye’.
We really should genteelly encourage these reasonable voices in Japan.
I know we Cantonese sometimes are very passionate, but I would not encourage yelling and screaming, 火遮眼 is definitely not the way to go. It would only inflame the anger more on both sides and getting back into the viscous cycle of hate and more hate.
So in summary, I would just let all of you know that there ARE strong voices of opposition in Japan.
China does have the right approach. It firmly denounce these Japanese militarism, snubbing Koizumi while awarding royal treatment to the Japanese opposition parties (New Komeko Party, Democratic Party of Japan) chiefs. Getting together with Korean and Japanese scholars to come up with a correct history textbook, etc
Mr. Yu, in Mississauga
By: ccsr on 八月 18, 2006 at 11:55 上午
I agree with Mr. Yu’s comments on the continuing Yasukuni by top Japanese politians. One has to agree that there is a large proportion of Japanese population who is in favor of the visit. A sizable percentage of this group is probably born after the War. In other words, they are being largely influenced by the education system and the society in general. Like most of us, this people will need to be convinced about the truth. For example, they would need to go through a mass education campaign of some sort, which is not really safe to carry it on a large scale in the land of Japan. Our objective is to show the Japanese in general that the visit is unpopular or immoral, of which a lot of highly educated Japanese has already learnt, either through contact with the Chinese, or oversea study and work. One way is to influence our own politians that Canada should take a stroner stand against the visit for Canadians also fought and suffered in the hand of the Japanese. We should encourage similar movement south of the border, or anywhere in the world. This is easily said than done, but may be the only effective solution. It is an ailment that needs time of healing.