My sixth grade son has reached the point in his Japanese elementary education where they are learning about the second world war.
His textbook covers the entire war in three pages, one whole page of which covers the aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb, and neither of the other two pages has any photos at all of Japan’s actions abroad, only photos of the damage caused in the firebombing of Tokyo, displaced and starving citizens etc.
I have not read the pages carefully yet as I need to sit down with a dictionary and work out exactly what it is saying, but the time has come for my bicultural son to hear a bit about the other side of the argument. How Japan got into the war, its attitudes and actions, and why the final bombs were dropped.
Trawling the internet it is very hard to find any balanced sites simply stating Japan’s role in the war without either demonising them or excusing them. Surely there must be some middle ground suitable for introducing my kid to his history.
Please could you recommend places to begin reading with a twelve year old?
Thanks in advance…