Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shinzo Abe's inability to face history

From the moment last fall when the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reclaimed the office of five years earlier that he had bungled away, one question has stood out: Would he Restrain his nationalist impulses - and especially his historical revisionism to make progress for Japan?

this week, the answer to that question was looking positive. Abe has taken brave steps toward reforming Japan's moribund economy. He defied powerful interest groups within his party, such as rice farmers, to join free-trade talks with the United States and other Pacific nations that have the potential to spur growth in Japan. He spoke in measured terms of justifiable His desire to increase defense Spending.

On the part of the Wall Street journal, it criticized Abe in an article titled "One man's invasion" that Abe's recent activities and comments are deeply flawed.

This week he seemed willing to put all the progress at risk. Asked in parliament whether he would reconsider an official apology that Japan issued in 1995 for its colonization of Korea in the past century, Abe replied: "The definition of what constitutes aggression has yet to be established in academia or in the international community. Things that happened between nations will look differently depending on which side you view them from the "

Officials in South Korea and China responded with Fury, and understandably so. Yes, history is always being reinterpreted. But there are such things as facts. Japan occupied Korea. It occupied Manchuria and then the rest of China. It invaded Malaya. It committed aggression.Why Decades after Germany solidified its place in Europe by facing history honestly, are facts so difficult for some in Japan to acknowledge 

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