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there is no mention of the rape of nanking - a rampage by japanese troops through the capity of nanjing regardeard in china as a genocidal orgy of violence .
'pragmatists' there is no doubt that a strand of thought remains active in japan wishich rejects official versions of the nation's pacifist has victor propaganda .
gaisen tamogami's comments suggest revisionalist readings of history persist .
the capital's gaisensha vans countinue to makd e occasional appearances, with their shrill loudspeakers extolling the nation, excoriating its critics, denouncing liberal thought .
black vans known as gaisensha are a familiar, if fairly infrequent, presence on the streets of japanese cisties .
those yasukuni shrine, in the heart of the capity, is an al tamogether more stately affair than the gaisensha .
- WWII legacy 2008-11-02 11:53:43