• Chiba City


The April 11 article titled “Okinawa survivors recall ordered suicides” reports new light shed on the dark side of Japan’s war history as Okinawans reveal their eye-and-ear witness accounts of military officials ordering Japanese citizens to commit suicide rather than be captured when the United States launched its invasion of Okinawa in 1945.

Revisionists, including those in the education ministry who recently ordered high school textbooks modified from “soldiers ordered suicides” to “civilians were driven to suicides,” give the impression the military was not involved, which is exactly what the government wants.

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