LDP’s Inada reluctant to brand Class-A war criminals as criminals


Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tomomi Inada, who is close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Friday she is reluctant to say that those who were convicted as Class-A war criminals after World War II were criminals in Japan.

Inada, chief of the ruling party’s Policy Research Council, also said on television that to express an objection to the view of the Allied Powers, reflected in rulings handed down by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, does not violate the 1951 San Francisco peace treaty signed between Japan and the victorious nations.

The remarks may provoke the United States and other WWII victors and affect an ongoing history study being conducted by an LDP panel that reports directly to Abe, who is also LDP president.

Inada also asserted that war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution has lost its substance because the Self-Defense Forces are recognized overseas as Japan’s military.

  • Firas Kraïem

    Meanwhile, former Nazi officials still go on trial to this day. But the Japan apologists will still tell us that it is unfair to criticize Japan because Germany.

    • InstallGentoo

      Considering how long it has been it is wrong to criticize anyone about it. Of course Japan doesn’t want to be a country like Germany where the people can’t stop crying about what horrible humans they must be over a war that has ended more than 70 years ago.

  • Liars N. Fools

    They were only guilty of losing the war and becoming the victims of victors’ justice. What crap. The real face of Abe Shinzo and the Nippon Kaigi crowd.

  • zer0_0zor0

    She was probably a hostess at a bar run by a yakuza with connection to the LDP, whose members frequented the place and, um, recruited?

  • zer0_0zor0

    She was probably a hostess at a bar run by a yakuza with connection to the LDP, whose members frequented the place and, um, recruited?

  • Ariko Honda

    It does give one pause to consider that Radhabinod Pal, the only judge from a non-combatant nation, found all of these men not guilty.

    • GIJ

      It is inaccurate to state that India was a non-combatant nation during World War II. Tens of thousands of Indians experienced combat during World War II as soldiers under the command of the British Empire. They fought in Europe against the Germans and in Burma against the Japanese.

  • GIJ

    This kind of thing won’t end anytime soon. For comparison’s sake, the novel “Gone With the Wind”–now viewed as a piece of deplorable, execrable, Confederacy-sympathizing, anti-black fiction written by Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell–was published in 1936, which was 71 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War. It was a huge bestseller that got made into an even bigger movie in 1939. And 80 years after the book’s publication, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are viewed as anything but criminals in a good part of the USA.

    FYI, 71 years have now passed since the end of World War II. Some Japanese today like Inada feel about Tojo and Tomoyuki Yamashita what Margaret Mitchell & Co. felt about Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson back in 1936.