I'll never forget a roommate in college from Japan--a fellow college student herself--claim she was unaware of Pearl Harbor. I did not discuss it with her out of animosity. Quite the contrary; she began a conversation (when we still barely knew each other), initially under the guise of shame for her country's WWII past, and when I assured her the U.S. are allies with Japan now, and Imperial Japan of 60+ years ago has nothing to do with the present-day, she then went on a tirade about how wrong we were for the A-bombs. It was as if that was her intent of the conversation all along. I about fell off my chair.
It was then I gave her a brief history lesson, and she claimed to not know of Pearl Harbor. I nearly fell over again. I don't even know what to think to this day. Many times before and after this, she claimed her history classes were greatly lacking in Tokyo in the 1990s and 2000s; that, by her own admission (and without provocation), her classes painted Japan in a favorable light, even when history has proven the contrary. While US history classes often are guilty of bias, I sincerely hope she was just a unique, ignorant dumb ass. Her constant xenophobia made me wonder why she came to my country to study in the first place. I had looked forward to having her as my roommate (and if I still had roommates, would welcome having another from her country), but she was a nightmare. I do not think she represents the typical attitude of young people there, but if she was correct about her country's gross failings in world history, that is jarring.