Abe should face history squarely

The Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto structure in Chiyoda, Tokyo, that commemorates those who died on behalf of the Japanese Emperor, including those who fought for Japan in World War II.


But his remarks were an unusual addition to the short and highly ritualized statement that he delivers each year at the memorial ceremony.

“This day is recorded in history as the day the world had peace”, Pittman said.

According to the Australian War Memorial, Victory in Japan Day was the preferred title of the United States, the UK and New Zealand, and still is to this day. He said previous national apologies are unshakeable but future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

But it was on August. 15, 1945, that Japan actually gave up and millions of Americans poured into the streets in joy and relief. “Japan has repeatedly expressed feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the warwe have consistently devoted ourselves to the peace and prosperity of the region since the end of the war“, he said.

Moon said the South Korean government should conduct the diplomacy of taking a lead, not being dragged by.

While Abe, who has said he wants to fix ties with China and South Korea, did not visit Yasukuni in person, three of his cabinet ministers did along with the LDP’s policy chief, Tomomi Inada, and scores of other conservative lawmakers. Many are still haunted by memories of what happened 70 years ago when the nation’s military got too full of itself, and in the words attributed to Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto following the attack on Pearl Harbor: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a awful resolve”.

In more recent years, leaders in China and South Korea have used nationalist sentiment against Japan to bolster political support at home and Japanese leaders, especially Abe, have harnessed apprehension of growing Chinese power for similar purposes.

Andrew – of Tacitus Close in the town – possesses a roll of honour of those from Herts units who lost their lives in South Africa and both world wars, which names the many soldiers captured in the Burma campaign who did not return.

Haruko Arimura, Japanese women’s empowerment minister, Eriko Yamatani, disaster management minister, and Sanae Takaichi, internal affairs minister, were the officials who visited the shrine to pay homage to Japanese victims of the war. But he made no direct reference to “comfort women”, a euphemism for the girls and women – many of them Korean – forced into prostitution at Japanese military brothels.

In his statement Friday, Abe mentioned “deep remorse” over Japan’s wartime misdeeds.

As historian John Keay says, there is no principle under which a race of people may be held to account for the conduct of their deceased forebears.


“I’m happy to have seen them here today and when I heard 50 veterans would be out here today in the heat, that really moved me”, said Ross. But in actual fact for all of the men still in the Far East in captivity, many of them didn’t even know that the war had ended. 15, 1945, rolled around, it was only a formality that the war in the Pacific would soon end, too.

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