Japanese Prime Minister Hailed Indian Freedom Fighter/Collaborator

24 Aug 2007

During a visit to Kolkatta (Calcutta), West Bengal, India, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced admiration on 23 Aug 2007 for Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose who stood up against Britain. "Many Japanese have been moved deeply by such persons of strong will and action of the independence of India like Subhas Chandra Bose", Abe said in a speech at the opening of the Indo-Japan Cultural Center. Abe also visited the son of Radhabinod Pal, a judge who dissented against the Allied military tribunal decisions against wartime Japanese leaders. "Even to this day, many Japanese revere Radhabinod Pal", Abe added.

With this visit, Abe again stirred controversy because, while Bose did stand up against British colonial rule, he also sought support from Berlin and Tokyo and was often viewed as an Axis powers collaborator. He also dismissed notions that by visiting Pal's son, it would further deteriorate relations with other Asian nations still mending from Japanese wartime atrocities.

India and Japan vowed to seal an economic partnership deal by Dec 2007. "I expressed strong determination to strengthen our bilateral relations that Subhas Chandra Bose had wanted", said Abe in a public statement.



Back to Main | Back to 2007 News Index




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds


Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
17 Oct 2007 02:40:49 PM

i find it ridiculous that the japanese still refuse to acknowledge their horrid attrocities. they choose not to teach the historical record of the war in their schools or in popular culture, and go out of their way with political stunts like this. the japanese conducting themselves as war-criminals. history should not be skewed from this viewpoint.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
Random Photograph

Portrait of Ludwig Beck, 1937




Famous WW2 Quote
"Since peace is now beyond hope, we can but fight to the end."

Chiang Kaishek, 31 Jul 1937