Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pearl Harbor day in Japan?

Pearl Harbor day in Japan?

“To Japan, Pearl Harbor just another battle,” was the headline of an article appearing on December 7th, 2014 in The Dallas Morning News reprinted from the Tribune News Service, written by Albert Siegel.

The article in essence explores the circumstances that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Mr. Siegel does a fairly accurate job all though simplistic due to the brevity of the article.

There are two aspects of the article causing concern, of which one has to ask “why,” while the second is miss-leading, if not true.

In reference to December 7th, which is December 8th in Japan Mr. Siegel wrote, “…….Dec. 8 Tokyo time, will pass largely unremarked in Japan.”  Huh?  So?  What does the writer expect to happen in Japan on December 8th?  Would he like to see the Japanese parade chanting: “Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!”  Or perhaps: “Toro! Toro! Toro?”  The article would have been better served had the writer omitted that concern.

Further in the article appeared this in reference to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan:  “A Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter, once the pride of Japan’s military, dominates the lobby.”  Apparently there must be two Yasukuni Shrines in Tokyo, one for the general public and another one for the writer Mr. Siegel.

There is no lobby to the Yasukuni Shrine.  People stand in front which is outside in the open, to pray and show respect.  No Zero there.  There is the visitor’s center / gift shop to the right, once again no Zero there.  From the visitor’s center one can enter into the Shrine to pray accompanied by a Shino priest.  Guess what?  No Zero there. 

Mr. Siegel has his buildings confused or the article was written inadvertently causing a misconception.  The Zero does exist in the War Museum to the right of the visitor’s center / gift shop.  There in the War Museum are implements of war, one of which is a Zero in the lobby.   

This may seem like a minor correction; however it is an example of sloppy journalism in pursuit of an agenda which infects the news media in the United States.              

“Yesterday December 7th, 1941 a date which would live in infamy.”  --- United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt opening in a speech to the U.S. Congress on December 8th, 1941 the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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