to your people, that is.
The fact is that seldom is Japan's 'side' told. Yes, the Japanese imperialists were terrible; they were; they were terrible.
They were like imperialists everywhere.
And they did a good job of brainwashing their own people--
however, America has had no excuse but sheer greed for invading other countries, mostly covertly, see:
Japan's treatment of the people in China and Indochina, etc. was inexcuseable. It was wrong.
But the Japanese 'island' was becoming overcrowded, and their natural resources are not abundant.
Yes, they should have purchased land in those countries, as the European Americans should have purchased land from the native Americans--
everyone should have done things differently. But America can't blame low natural resources for invading other countries--
Things were desperate for Japan. Have you been in Japan. It is a tiny country--an island nation--
and is very limited in resources.
I remember speaking to elderly Japanese who talked about how afraid they were of hunger even before the war, because there were too many people for such a small area--
That wasn't an excuse any of the other nations who aggressed before, during, and after WWII could give--
it doesn't make it right; they could have found another way. But Japan could trust no other country--
there was nowhere to turn.
Yes, Japan paid a high price for trying to extract through violence what *she* should have found another way to get: food for *her* people--
and, yes, there were people who thought too much of the empire.
I'm not excusing Japan; I am simply trying to explain the situation in which Japan found *herself*--
Why did people from Japan go to Hawaii and the West coast of America? Because things were difficult in Japan--
and they were not treated so well in America; in Hawaii they were practically slaves--
it is important to see all sides of a 'story'--
it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--