I have noticed that I’m getting a lot of views from the Philippines. Any current issues there that I can research and blog about? Looking at the picture to the left, it’s hard to believe that Manila was the second most devastated city in the Second World War. During the end of the occupation, Japanese troops refused to leave the city which ultimately gave rise to the Manila Massacre. In the month of February 1945 numerous atrocities including torture, rape, and murder were conducted by Imperial Japanese soldiers. Civilian casualties also occurred as a result of accidental bombing of nonmilitary targets by the United States military. The victims must be remembered and their story should not be forgotten. Equally, it must be acknowledged that Japanese people are not bad, but rather the individuals and groups who committed these crimes. During April of 2012, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Toshinao Urabe, reiterated Japan’s apologies for atrocities in the Philippines, declaring, “I also hereby express our heartfelt apologies and deep sense of remorse for the tragedy.” Hopefully we can learn from these terrible events of the past to create a better and more peaceful future.