When I lived in Japan, my class watched Grave of the Fireflies and some kids were crying, but the Chinese kid said “well… you shouldn’t be sad, because they deserved it” and that challenged my thinking on the issue. I’m grateful for your perspective little Chinese kid


Japan after getting nuked: This is horrible! How could you do this to us, it hurt us so horribly and caused us such pain.

The U.S: Using these weapons was a terrible act, was it justified? I don’t know, but the shame I feel for it will haunt me fir generations to come.


stebo02, avatar

wait why does asia hate Japan?

stebo02, avatar

Fair enough, although while Russia now has committed a few war crimes and I’d love to see Putin be removed, I don’t wish them to be nuked.

DigitalAudio, avatar

Interestingly, some countries don’t hate Japan despite a pretty rough history with them. Taiwan, for example, is generally quite positive about Japan, and I’ve even met some elders who say Taiwan improved under the Japanese.

I’m not sure that’s completely true, but some people definitely believe it. I think Vietnam and Indonesia also have pretty positive relations with Japan. But China and Korea absolutely despise them, and I’m not sure about the Philippines, but they have enough reasons to hate them, too.


I’m no scholar, but I’m certainly a regular consumer of Japanese culture and content as much as the next nerd. This sentiment by China and Korea makes me wonder whether there’s any remaining vestiges of Japanese culture and mindset that are actually worthy of their concern, or if their bias is 100% rooted in historical events.


Hmm, I dont remember a hiroshima scene in Oppenheimer…


There isn’t one. I watched it yesterday. There’s just a scene where the bombing is announced to the scientists


there are a few short second cuts to a burn victim and whatnot. other than that, idk


Best part of Oppenheimer was when he said „ITS MORBIN TIME“ and morbed all over Hiroshima


My favorite part was when Bobby Boucher came back at halftime and the Mud Dogs won the bourbon bowl.


In south korea they had a different version. He said “It’s oppenheimer style”, then he proceeded to op op op all over the place gangnam style.


Interestingly to me, it’s not a real burn victim, it’s only in Bobby Oppo’s mind.

WtfEvenIsExistence, (edited )

I mean, as a person with Chinese ancestry, I feel conflicted. I mean, tens of thousands of people dying in a fiery mushroom cloud is a tragedy, but at the same time, their government still had soldiers occupying my homeland. I mean if the US had used conventional methods to invade Japan, so many more people in Asia would suffer for weeks and potentially months, while waiting for the US and allies to make a breakthrough. I wouldn’t be cheering at them getting nuked, but at the same time, I wouldn’t shred a tear. This is the fault is the imperialistic Japanese monarchy and military. The civillians died for the crimes committed by their government.


Yeah I think anyone trying to reduce it to something as simple as good/bad is effectively lying by omission. Of course it was bad because a lot of people died in a particularly awful way but it was believed many more would’ve died had another path been taken. It’s not at all clear that imperial Japanese surrendered because of the bomb, but it was a contributing factor, I think tragedy is a good encapsulation

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As awful as nuclear warfare is, people tend to think the moral calculation is easier than what is actually the case. For those unaware what was going on in China at the time:

Under Emperor Hirohito, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) perpetrated numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity which resulted in the deaths of millions of people. Estimates range from as low as 3 million to as high as 30 million victims. Various related crimes include sexual slavery, massacres, human experimentation, starvation, and forced labor directly perpetrated or condoned by the Japanese military and government. [...] The Imperial Japanese Army Air Service took part in conducting chemical and biological attacks on civilians during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were the only things stopping this onslaught, caused between 129,000 and 226,000 deaths. this puts them (individually) in the ball park of the bombing of Tokyo (using traditional bombs).

There's a very solid argument to be made that nuclear bombs should never have been deployed, or developed for that matter. But the calculation of good and evil is a lot more complicated than people tend to accept.


People tend to forget that carpet bombing cities with millions of pounds of traditional and/or incendiary bombs was the status quo for all sides. Not even factoring in the troops that were soon to land on Japan, many more likely would have died from the continued bombing campaigns.

DigitalAudio, avatar

The common debate is that the bombs didn’t exactly force Japan to surrender, and that it was the threat of the imminent USSR participation in the war that did.

I believe the reason for this is that there are transcripts as well as timelines of the Japanese government’s upper echelons that sort of demonstrate the bombs didn’t have as big of an impact on them as a potential USSR participation.

But the whole thing is a bit hazy, and I have no doubts the bombs at the very least put a big amount of pressure on the Japanese government at the time.


From what I know there was a big “they only got one” mentality that pushes them to surrender when they realised they were wrong.


I’m lead to understand that using them on Japan wasn’t really about Japan either. US officials knew that following the war, things were going to go south with the USSR, and so used the bombs as a show of force to the Russians.


North Korea cheering hardr TBH

sab avatar

I think the only scenario in which North Korea would cheer American nukes is if the US accidentally nuked itself.


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