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    How Japan tries to redraft history

     
    Everybody knows about the territory dispute between Russia and Japan. Each Russian knows that the Kuril Islands are Russian territory. And each Japanese believes that four islands of the Kuril string will become Japanese according to some unbelievable reasons.

    Each year these Asian fans of Russian Cheburashka try to open debates over the Kuril dispute. They even have established a holiday – “The Day of Northern territories” which is celebrated on the 7th of February. Last year Japanese have conducted the protest action named “The lights of The Northern territories”. As part of it they were lighting candles on the central squares of their cities and … and just standing together full of hope. May be they were hoping to be snapshoted by Russian satellite. This year they understood that candles wouldn’t help them to take islands back. So, they decided to implant to young heads the idea that the Kurils belong to Japan.

    According to Japanese daily newspaper “Sankei Shinbun” on the 26th of January in Matsue (prefecture Shimane) there an event was organized for Japanese children and teenagers called “Let’s know about The Northern territories properly” within the framework of program “The school of joy of four islands” aimed to popularize “The Northern territory” problem among Japanese pupils. Children took part in competitions and other games devoted to “Northern territories”. And in Kioto (prefecture Kioto) a composition contest was held under the theme “The Northern territories and we” among pupils of high schools. Pupils of 18 schools took part in it. Organizers underlined the improvement of compositions quality in comparison with last year. As they said the majority of compositions “mirror author’s perception of The Northern territories disputes and contain thoughts about ways of resolving a problem”. It should be noted that Japan Parliament association of returning Northern territories established in 2003 organized all of these events.

    In that way the Japanese make self-hypnosis and actively impart falsifyed history to young generation. This is the way of redrafting the history. Ten years later these children will become full-fledged citizens of their country and will be wholly sure that Kuril Islands belong to Japan. Though … even in that case they will get nothing.

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