Recently I watched a movie called “Emperor”. The story line of the movie is about American occupation of Japan after it’s surrendered to the allied powers. The movie is very inspiring and yet informative about the Japanese perspective of the war.
War is an awful thing especially World War 2 is considered one of the bloodiest war in human history. The fact is Japan loss the war and many of it’s politicians and military leaders were tried as war criminals. Controversies and debates are still going on today whether the Emperor Hirohito really put contributions to the war effort or not.
At the end of the day the Emperor itself and other imperial family members were never tried as war criminals because American General McArthur and his staffs believed that his trial as war criminal could brought morale destruction to the Japanese society that can lead to open revolt.
The American public & military know that millions of Japanese soldiers fought tremendously in the battlefield because they’re loyal to their country and their emperor. Yet the Japanese public still worship their emperor as a living “God” after the destruction of Japan after the war. But I am not going to talk about the war further, but let’s us look at Japan then & now.
They’re people that loyal to their country and their leader. They have been through so many horrific events in the past but they manage to rise to the top again. Their determination to work hard for greater good for their country and society make them able to achieve something that always amaze other countries. As we all know there were no looting in Japan during the recent Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami. It took few moment for them to mourn their griefs and continue to move on together as one society.
It’s very different country from Indonesia and maybe many countries around the world. So far Japan is the only country that I have known to be my inspiration, the mindset of it’s people are amazing and we should take a good example from them and keep moving forward for better future.—