ANALYSIS Future historians may record that the Second World War actually began with the Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s – it was a completely unprovoked invasion, one driven by the desire for raw materials and fired by racial superiority, for the Japanese believed that a weak and defenceless China was beneath them. And their actions in the conquered lands even appalled the Nazis at Nanjing whose seventy seventh anniversary Beijing commemorated today. Not one of the so-called Great Powers were innocent in the second total war of the century – which makes Japan’s inability to apologise to one of the real victims of that conflict all the more puzzling, and given the strength of its now vast neighbour, very foolish. Japanese nationalists clearly ignoring the damage American colonisation has done to their beloved homeland as well as the numerous protests for an end to the military occupation in Okinawa, and the current ‘vassal’, satellite status of this fiercely independent island nation, choose to focus their energies on China, a country they can’t hope to defeat in battle and whom the IMF has said is now the world’s number one economy. Japan may want to take a leaf from India’s book who having realised that the Americans would abandon them the moment a war with China got difficult gave up any talk of a rivalry with the Asian Superpower. Otherwise, Tokyo is on a collision course one which shows they have learned nothing from the twentieth century most horrendous war crime – the dropping of two Atom bombs on the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.