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#166 The censorhip of history

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    こんにちは!
    今年の夏は例年より暑く感じるのは私だけでしょうか・・・。
    まだ残暑の暑さが続きますが、皆さま体調にはくれぐれもお気をつけください!

    さて、今回紹介させていただくessayは"censorship"について。
    今まで自分には無縁だと思っていた私ですが、最近はとても関心のあるtopicです。
    色々な事柄について、世界中に自分の意見を主張できたら良いですね!


    Censorship means to examine books, text books, movies and broadcasting to restrict unsuitable ones from being used.

     

    When it is manipulated by the government, we should be looking at what's happening. What concerns me especially, is the censorship of history textbooks.

     

    History repeats itself. It needs close inspection and analysis by specialists.

    The important thing is whether they can remain neutral all the time in doing so. No one feels happy to face the dark episodes of their own country's history. If we want to see history only as a glorious and proud one, then it doesn't deserve to exist.

    History guides us through bitter and regrettable events, so not to make the same mistakes as our predecessors.

     

    From this point of view, censorship should be performed sincerely on history.

    On the contrary, the Japanese government seems to be scheming to distort the facts and intentionally downgrade the nasty incidents. It appears that such intervention by the government is growing these days. There has to be a much more cautious system to utilize censorship.

     

    I'd like to insist that an independent organization surveys the government controlling the censorship of history. It is desperately needed.

     

     

    教師より

    This was a good essay. The censorship of historical textbooks is a grave issue and can lead to a lot of misinformation.

    In such cases, history seems to repeat itself.

    Each country has their own interpretation of historical events, so I think there needs to be an independent international panel that discloses facts without bias, I completely agree with your idea.

     

    The revisionist history that Abe's government is endorsing is very misguided. I'm disappointed when governments decide to re-interpret history for their own purposes.

     

    Russia did something similar in recent years by issuing new historical textbooks for school children.

    They claimed Stalin was the savior of the Russian people and liberated Europe from Nazi Germany.

    In fact, he was a cruel dictator who murdered and starved approximately 20 million of his own people.

     

    The United States and Israel, the UK and many other countries have had their own interpretation of history but a lot of the rhetoric we learn at school is not always historical fact.

    Although, Germany had a shameful history, at least they acknowledge their wrong doing.

     

    I hope Japan will have better leadership in the future.

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