Regarding Shibuichi Reading:
1. Is the controversy surrounding the deification of war criminals at the Yasukuni Shrine mainly due to their classification as criminals? In other words, would these individuals be viewed more universally as heroes if they weren't accused or convicted of war crimes by the Allies, but still performed the same actions during the war?
2. Could the United States have this problem if they had lost the war? Further, could some of those buried at Arlington be considered war criminals?
3. How do Japanese people view Americans visiting the shrine?
Regarding the Kotler Reading:
1. Why does Japan take pride in its war efforts despite being defeated, while the US, the war's victor, still focuses on the lives lost with a more solemn attitude?
2. Which perpetuates and supports Japanese Nationalism more strongly: a unique and ubiquitous religion (Shintoism) or celebration of its military?
3. Why is Yasukuni only reserved for those who died fighting for Imperial Japan?