Asia observer Phil Deans, formerly of SOAS at London University, discusses Asia’s glass houses in Newsweek. For those us who have noticed the irony of the CCP or the KMT complaining about Japanese murders, the article’s theme will be a familiar one:

These attempts, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s prevarications on the comfort-women question, have understandably made Japan’s neighbors nervous. But few of Tokyo’s Asian critics have impeccable records themselves. The governments of China, both Koreas and, to a lesser extent, Taiwan have all glossed over the dark blots on their own histories.

Of Taiwan, he notes:

Of all Japan’s neighbors, Taiwan has been the most open in confronting its past, though even there history has been politicized. When martial law was lifted in 1987, there was an explosion of efforts to address the abuses of early Kuomintang rule, especially the “2/28 Incident” of 1947, when up to 20,000 people were killed in intercommunal violence and in a subsequent crackdown by Gen. Chiang Kai-shek. As part of the democratization process that began 20 years ago, the brutalities of the martial-law period have been widely and publicly debated. Yet many pro-independence Taiwanese have begun to challenge the anti-Japanese history promulgated by the KMT and deny Japanese atrocities such as the forced conscription of prostitutes.

Do “many pro-independence Taiwanese” deny Japanese atrocities? There are no doubt revisionists out there — but a substantial portion of pro-independence types? I’d need some serious evidence for that, Professor Dean.