Sunday, April 26, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Abe’s August 15 statement

Japan Prime Minister Abe’s 
August 15 statement

The 15 of August, 2015 marks the seventieth year since the end of the Greater East Asian War, or War in the Pacific, World War Two.  On this date Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to issue a statement further memorializing the end of the War.  Some of Japan’s antagonists in Asia are expecting if not demanding Mr. Abe include in his statement an apology for their perceived transgressions committed by Imperial Japan during that war.

In an effort to placate these notable antagonists, the people of Japan, and to move his nation forward, the Prime Minister has assembled a panel of scholars and experts to construct a statement for him.  I would like to help Prime Minister Abe, and contribute to this panel by offering the following as a suggested statement for 15 August, 2015:

“Today August 15 marks seventy years since the end of the Greater East Asian War. We in Japan, we have learned valuable lessons from that war.  Paramount of those lessons is that in the last seventy years Japan has not engaged in any combat.  We have not lost any of our precious sons and daughters in any wars throughout the world.  For seventy years Japan has remained a peaceful nation.  I only wish that other nations would have followed the same example that Japan has led in the last seventy years.  Because as we know many nations involved in the Great East Asian War have continued or engaged in further conflicts where they lost the lives of their precious sons and daughters.  I look forward to the next seventy years where Japan can continue to maintain its peaceful posture and I hope other nations would follow our good example.  Thank you very much for your time.  Domo arigato gozaimasu.”     

It is short, to the point, and looks forward.  Plus there is the apology demanded by some covertly in the statement.  The part of the statement “We in Japan, we have learned valuable lessons from that war.”  There is can be concluded exists the apology.  The apology is in the form of “learned valuable lessons.”  It also can be interpreted as Japan learned the valuable lessons while other nations failed to learn those very valuable lessons by engaging in continued hostilities. 

The statement announces Japan’s peaceful past, looking forward to a peaceful future while urging others to follow the same example.  It also sends a clear message asking how can a nation who engaged in hostilities in the last seventy year even think to point a finger at Japan.

Japan in the last seventy years led by example sadly the world chose to ignore.  While at the same time some nations remained anchored in the past insisting on an apology for actions they themselves have engaged in since the end of that war.  Japan thank you for your example and looking forward.   

The apology parade started with a Japanese Prime Minister around 1995 and continued with subsequent Japanese Prime Ministers.  Why?  Was not the first apology enough?  Have a parade of German chancellors apologized?   How about the legion of Italian Prime Minister’s for Italy’s role during World War Two in Libya and Ethiopia?  

Have recent commie Chinese dictators apologized for Mao’s murder of over thirty million of his own people?   When did the president of South Korea apologize for the massacres committed by South Korean troops against South Koreans during the Korean War?

It is about time the British Prime Minister apologize for his troops burning the American White House during the War of 1812?  The spark that ignited the American Civil War (1861 – 1865) was when the South fired upon Fort Sumter in April of 1861.  Can we expect Southerners in the USA to apologize?

Repeated apologies for the same event is useless and reduces the impact of the first apology.  Also why is it Japan must continue to apologize when other nations only apologized once for the past transgressions if they apologized at all? 

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