Yes, Japan was an aggressor during the war. However, that did not stop them from suffering horrific tragedies (more on that tomorrow). While in Kyoto, I visited a great number of temples. At one, a Buddhist temple with a massive (several stories high) statue of the Buddha sitting on the roof, there was a small shrine off to the side. Inside, I was surprised and delighted to see a WWII memorial.
Above the file cabinets it reads “Individual Names of Allied Personnel who Perished in Territory under Japanese Jurisdiction during World War II.”
Thank you, Japan, for that rememberance.