I don't think the Japanese model makers do it consciously but there does appear to be something to the criticism. For example with Tamiya's excellent Tone kit there is no mention in the blurb on the ship's history of its role in the Indian ocean raid where several dozen allied merchant seamen were decapitated.
It would be interesting to see the reaction in Japan if an American or British model maker issued a B-29 with box art showing Hiroshima, which I do not think would be appropriate by the way, I only use it as an example of the likely double standard.
: ...who also happen to be extremely brittle, as
: demonstrated by their constant whining, are
: the ones complaining about box art showing a
: sinking ship--uh--sinking. Still haven't
: heard from them regarding the Japanese
: depicting their own ships in extremis , for
: example the painting of Taiho in flames.
: My major complaint is that the box art of
: Exeter doesn't even resemble how she sank.
: Now if they'd show Dorsetshire unpending
: and going down by the stern, that would be
: In addition, given the photography we have
: of the action, I'd like further explanation
: of the evasive maneuvers, such as they
: were--and the reputed loss of Dorsetshire
: 's steering--since I'm seeing maneuvers
: which appear to be at variance with the
: printed record, ie. Smith's D3A Val ,
: Turns of Fate , Footprints on the Sea
: (which doesn't have much) and other volumes.
: Randy Stone