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The Serenity of Yasukuni

By Christopher Kuchma

However, other groups may choose not to celebrate this holiday, because it represents the beginning of an invasion, full of mass genocide, led by brutal conquerors from foreign lands.

Everyone is taught history differently, and no one wants to remember the bad stuff.

If someone has the desire, an accurate summation of the truth — not just the truths assumed by the victors — can easily be found.

History always depends on who writes it, who reads it and who has lived it.

The Japanese, like other cultures, are honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In a multicultural, multinational world, we need to embrace these differences — and accept there are multiple sides to every story.

“Accept the differences” — remember that the next time you hear the phrase: “Remember the Alamo,” and ask a Mexican for their view.

Christopher Kuchma is a major in the US Air Force, a military professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, a northeast Asia-Japan foreign area officer and a Japan Area specialist-special agent with the US Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. The views expressed in this article are his alone.

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