Posted On: Nov. 3, 2017
History and Southeast Asian nations. Although, Japan would offer reparations for damages it caused to those nations in Southeast Asia during the war, it would be their refusal to apologize that would cause international conflict. This was probably due to the Japanese inability to assume their damaging role in the war. And since the Japanese had such a sense of national identity or pride, they seemed incapable of demonstrating any sort of remorse for the damage they had caused during the war which is why they more than likely did not feel the need to apologize. In hindsight, the Japanese were successful in balancing their national identity after modeling imperialism of the West. “After their decisive defeat, most Japanese had no wish to return to their imperialist past. With their former sense of national mission shattered, they proved amenable to change and were cooperative with the occupiers, whom they found surprisingly benevolent” (Goff, 2014, p. 355). Japan underwent many social changes which would over time created conflict between the older generations and the younger generations. The elderly, who were now living longer and were once revered, were seeing a decline in respect (Goff, 2014, p. 484). Goff, R. (2014). The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History, 7th Editio It is the national pride that hindered Japanese in accepting its role in the war crimes it committed. However, they were successful in recovering from the losses they suffered during the wars. It proved to be a blessing in disguise as they could focus on reconstruction and youngsters adopted the western culture and also learnt a lot from them. Its effect can be seen in the economic boom of the country today.