Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Abe’s August 15 statement review

Japan Prime Minister Abe’s 
August 15 statement review

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

Prime Minister Abe issued a statement and said in part during a televised address (from The New York Times see link below):

“In a nationally televised address, Mr. Abe described feelings of ‘profound grief’ and offered ‘eternal, sincere condolences’ for the dead. He said Japan had inflicted ‘immeasurable damage and suffering’ when it ‘took the wrong course and advanced along the road to war.’ “

In reference to the demanded apology the following was reported in The New York Times:

“Japan has repeatedly expressed feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the war……….Such positions articulated by previous cabinets will remain unshakable into the future.

We must not let our children, grandchildren and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with that war, be predestined to apologize,……………………to inherit the past, in all humbleness, and pass it on to the future.”

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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