by Doctor Science
outside of Japan this is one of the forgotten horrors of WWII. ... Oddly enough, there is no state memorial to this tragedy, and, in 1964, Emperor Showa actually bestowed an award on General Curtis LeMay, the man who was in charge of firebombing 66 of Japan’s cities, including Tokyo.Sand suggests that the event is without official commemoration because
The families of many victims held a grievance against the imperial government for having brought the calamity upon them, or at least for having left them exposed to it. Investigative work by journalist Matsuura Sōzō and others revealed that authorities had put the safety and comfort of the emperor over the safety of the mass of Tokyo's citizens, and that air raid warnings had even been delayed as a consequence.[Here is the citation.]
The award LeMay received was the Order of the Rising Sun, First Class, and it was given to him on December 7, 1964. Australian blogger Jonathan Delacour has discussed why and how LeMay might have been given this award, but it's all speculation as far as I can tell. Giving such a high award to LeMay, and doing it on Pearl Harbor Day, is so bizarre I honestly have no idea what they were thinking.
However, there are people here who might have a better idea! So tell me, liberal japonicus, why the firebombings of Tokyo (and other cities too, I assume) have no official commemoration.