Not going away: A statue of a seated young Korean girl symbolizing the 'comfort women' is set up in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in December 2011. | KYODO
By Xinhua writer Yan Hao
BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- History is not written by politicians. However, they are responsible for upholding a humanistic and morally sound philosophy regarding history.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier this week that the word "aggression" has no established international definition, adding that situations that occur between different nations look different depending on which side they are viewed from.
However, there is a clear definition of the word, at least in academic terms. One definition of the word, as provided by Merriam-Webster, describes it as "the practice of making attacks or encroachments, especially an unprovoked violation by one country of the territorial integrity of another."
The attitude that a person or nation holds toward an action that violates humanity depends on whether the person or nation stands on the side of good or evil.
During World War II, Japan created and promulgated a concept called "the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" as an excuse for its invasion and occupation of China and other neighbors.
But what Japanese invaders defined as "co-prosperity" resulted in casualties, misery and tragedy in the eyes of people in China and the Korean Peninsula.
Abe and other politicians in Japan should understand that challenging the international consensus regarding Japan's invasion will not help justify Japan's military buildup.
If Japan fails to face history and reflect upon it, the country will bear a cowardly political image and will fail to finally say farewell to its fascist past.
Abe is neither a historian nor a judge. But as the leader of a major world economy, he is responsible for upholding the basic sense of right and wrong that is shared by most of mankind.
Editor: Zhu Ningzhu