The Chinese government has expressed its outrage at a Japanese town’s efforts to get its collection of kamikaze pilot memorabilia granted UNESCO recognition.
The city of Minami Kyushu, in southern Kyushu of all places, has applied for UNESCO recognition of its morbid collection of last wills and farewell letters from kamikaze pilots who gloriously flew themselves into various American ships and patches of ocean.
It hosted an airbase which sent hundreds of the pilots flying at US targets as they went about the final destruction of Japan’s empire, and UNESCO world heritage status for the collection would “highlight the importance of world peace” (as well as quite possibly make them into a minor tourist attraction).
China is appalled at the prospect, with their foreign ministry lambasting their application quite thoroughly:
“The design behind the so-called application for the kamikaze pilots is very clear, which is to try and beautify the Japanese militarist history of invasion.”
“This intention is diametrically opposed to UNESCO’s objective of maintaining world peace, and must be strongly condemned and resolutely opposed by the international community.”
PM Abe’s insistence on visiting Yasukuni, modest increases to defence spending and efforts to appoint historical revisionists who maintain Japan’s wartime conduct was beyond reproach to every public body in his power have all conspired to grievously annoy China recently – although outwardly their conduct towards the previous DPJ government so keen to kowtow to them seems to have been little different.
The government of the US meanwhile, although quick to castigate Abe for visiting Yasukuni, have so far not bothered to comment on the crazed actions of a metropolis with as many as 37,000 inhabitants.