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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Japanese Are Standing Up, Finally!

Maybe they're just taking a leaf from the Chinese

Here is what the Japanese Ambassador has to say about the US Congress trying to pass a resolution on apparent Japanese atrocities during their occupation of Korea and China prior to WWII.

In an unusually blunt letter sent to five House leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato said passage of the resolution "will almost certainly have lasting and harmful effects on the deep friendship, close trust and wide-ranging cooperation our two nations now enjoy."

The Japanese people and leaders have apologized many times for their atrocities - real and imagined. However, the Koreans and Chinese use the past Japanese actions to keep them on a wrong footing internationally. After the book The Rape of Nanking, which details Japanese war time brutality at Nanking, an American director/producer made a movie and showed it to the Chinese communists leaders - I am sure without any thought regarding it's ironic implication.

Former Japanese PM, Junichiro Koizumi, stood up to the constant harping of Chinese, Korean, and self-serving human rights groups, by continuing to pay his respects at Japanese WWII war memorial - which also has a samadhi for Subash Chandra Bose. The current PM, Shinzo Abe, while having trouble with his ministers, seems to be doing the same. In fact, based on the ambassador's statement, he seems to be raising the stakes a bit higher.