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How the Second World war lives on with the Chinese and Japanese island disputes

Davey Meelker

While Germany is fighting for a united Europe, the conflict between China and Japan is escalating. “What has that got to do with each other”? you could say. Well, both events originated from the same period of history but both countries handled the aftermath in a completely different way.

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Coping with your own wrongdoings: Germany vs Japan

Davey Meelker

During the Second World War two aggressors were conquering many countries, namely Germany and Japan. Both countries were defeated in 1945 and both countries have a completely different way of coping with their war history. When we asked Japanese people about the war they try to change the subject. People, especially the younger ones, don’t want to talk about the war that led to the biggest military defeat in the Japanese history. In Germany people, again especially the younger ones, also don’t to talk about the war that often. The difference is that Germans born after the war are overloaded about facts about the war and the terrible role Germany played in it. In Japan this is unthinkable.

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