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China, I Understand Your Pain, But It's Time to Move On From Japan Apology   [Copy link] 中文

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JUST APOLOGIZE EVERY YEAR ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SURRENDER OF JAPAN ON AUGUST 14, 1945, AND YOU ...

Every 14th August this happens and every 15th August everything returns to normal. Peace between China and Japan with trade agreements that benefit both countries.

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coralbay Post time: 2015-8-15 13:05
The problem has ALWAYS been there long before Abe came to power. The same arguments, the same tensions, the same issues.

China has long ago buried the issue when both the CPC and the KMT refused to accept the offer of wartime reparations from post-war Japan. The problem are the different administrations in Japan who oscillate between regret to denial. In fact, Abe's grandfather -- who headed the munitions factories in wartime Manchuria using slave labor -- was the first of the post-war politicians who tried but failed to overturn Japan's pacifist Constitution until Abe's ascent to power a few years ago. The late Emperor Hirohito refused to visit the Yasukuni Shrine which was banned for Japanese officials by MacArthur's edict during the U.S. military occupation of Japan. Abe then intentionally revived old wounds by visiting the same shrine which the late Emperor Hirohito refused to visit.

The irony is that the Japanese public remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by INSTITUTIONALIZING their memory but why can't Japan do the same for the victims of the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII?  Compare that to Germany which has unequivocally disowned its Nazi past by INSTITUTIONALIZING the memory of the victims of Nazi aggression.

That's why I wrote earlier that the problem is with Japan not whether China, S. Korea, N. Korea, American POWs or Comfort Women from a dozen countries are willing to let Japan off the hook for denying their WWII atrocities.

THAT'S THE ISSUE.

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