How are Americans seen today in Japan so many years after the atomic bomb explosions on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Speaking from my experiences in Japan from conversations with all walks of life, there are a few different possible reactions to Americans that Japanese can have.

The most negative reaction and at the same time the most rare reaction is that of the extreme right-wing nationalists.Yes, even in respectful Japan they have those.

Japan is traditionally a country that is quite xenophobic, and with good reasons.The Japanese society is about trust: if you forgot to buy a ticket in the train, you can go to the conductor who sells a ticket on the spot, without penalty, because people assume the basic principle that it was a fair mistake. Many Japanese do not close their doors in the countryside. I once visited a New Yorker in Japan who had been living in Japan for 12 years and the man did not even have a lock in his front door. He was in 12 years time, in a house with no locks, not 1 time robbed or dusted.

So I can still go on, but the point is, Japanese trust each other.

However, foreigners do not fall within this framework of trust.The confidence that Japanese have in each other is the result of their culture, and foreigners have a different culture. You can not blame them: if my bike is stolen in the Netherlands, usually the reaction is 芒 鈧?艗yes, then you had not properly sloshed it. As if it is my fault that someone else decides to steal my bike. In Japan, that kind of sentiment does not exist: Stealing is terrible, it is a breach of the victim’s confidence and therefore society as a whole. Like all forms of middeed.

That is why there are still Japanese, even though they are a small group nowadays, who are opposed to interference from foreigners, and prefer to have all foreigners out of the country.These people are particularly strong against the Americans, because they have basically drafted the new Japanese constitution after the 2nd World War. These are the extreme right-wing nationalists of Japan.

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The vast majority of the Japanese, however, are quite happy with the Americans as a whole.Sometimes American tourists are a bit unmannered, but not as bad as Chinese tourists. And, many Japanese like to see Westerners, because they are rare in Japan. In addition, the Japanese also get some English in school, and they can practice on Western tourists. Finally, many parts of American culture are very polular in Japan, mainly films and music. That’s why most Japanese don’t have a problem with Americans, and they even like to encounter a foreigner occasionally.

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And what the atomic explosions are about… I myself have been in Hiroshima as well as in Nagasaki to look up the locations of the atomic explosions, and these were two very emotional experiences.

Especially in Hiroshima, the survivors of the atomic explosion still stand at the monument, at the location where in 1945 the atomic bomb was exploded, to educate people about the horrors of war.

The atmosphere there is not a 漏 脙 漏 N of hatred or enmity, but of sorrow.

E脙 漏 N of the survivors took me to a small church court near the spot of the explosion, where a heartbreaking family stone stood.It is (or was) customary in Japan to create people, and to keep the Ashes per family in a kind of family grave, so that the people in death can be together again. And on one of the tombstones was a list of names, dates, and death reasons. The names I will omit, but the last series of dates said about the following:

  • 1867-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1899-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1901-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1903-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1904-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1939-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1943-1945-Atomic explosion
  • 1937-1979

That last hakes Erin eh?It took me a while before I got over it.

And then there is the peace monument of the Children, founded in honor of Sadako Sasaki, the girl of the 1000 cranes.

Her full story can be found on the Internet, but in short, Sadako, although the original explosion survived, got leukaemia and ended up in the hospital.She heard from the myth that when you fold 1000 origami cranes, you may make a wish. She first began to fold cranes in the hope that she could heal herself with her wish, but after a few months she realised that she would no longer be better, so her desire changed to a desire for world peace.

I went to the children’s Peace monument, and there it is in Japanese

(In beautiful, official Japanese): This is our peace prayer.
(Chilly Japanese:) This is our cry/our distress cry.Peace in the world.

In an interview with 脙 漏 脙 漏 N of the survivors, the man told me the following:

芒 鈧?艗i’m not upset with the United States for what they’ve done.I even picked up the Christian faith, because that is the biggest there, and in the Bible it says that 芒 鈧?艗those who live with the sword will end up by the sword in their final life. Japan has arrested the sword and has begun a war. America has ended the war. In their place we would have done the same. The only way to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens weere is never more war. 芒 鈧?p>

That’s how the Japanese who really are still working with America and WWII feel mainly.Not 芒 鈧?艗hate to Amerika芒 鈧?for what they have done, but 芒 鈧?艗never more war. Let the wound that left the atomic bomb on the world remain forever as a warning to the following generations that violence is never the answer. 芒 鈧?p>

Some scars never heal.But the survivors of the atomic bomb do not want revenge; The only thing they want is to prevent new scars. No more new wounds.

No more war.

The number of people who deliberately made this attack, and still lives, is marginal.

The view of the present Japanese about Americans is often dictates by the behavior of the current Americans.

Let me say so, a year or 10 ago I was with a friends group in Japan, and we had T-shirts printed in Japanese: “We are not dirty American barbarians, we are Hollanders”.Shoulder bobbons, smiling, extra beer from the house, people who wanted to photograph with us. The treatment we received with the T-shirts was different from the T-shirts. That gives to think.

From Japan I do not know.But in Vietnam Americans have kept much longer and worse house. There, Americans live peacefully between Vietnamese.

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