Why Are Japan’s Apologies Forgotten?

Why Are Japan’s Apologies Forgotten?

As tensions between China and Japan mount once more, Robert Dujarric asks why Japanese apologies for past aggression often go unrecognized, concluding that “Japan’s current cabinet, and some of its predecessors, have done everything they can to minimize the payout.” From The Diplomat:

[…] Strategic imperatives dictated that , Western and, after the Cold , Central European states better their ties with the Federal Republic of Germany. In , however, Japan’s position has deteriorated. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Chinese Communist (CCP), not wasting much time on the past, wanted ’s money, which it got in vast amounts. Today, Beijing no longer needs the cash. Japan’s ally, the U.S., has replaced the Soviets as the enemy. Moreover, the CCP now fosters Japanophobia to bolster its chauvinistic credentials.

[…] Finally, several Japanese leaders have eviscerated past apologies. Prime Minister dispatches offerings to the Yasukuni Shrine, whose message is aggressively antagonistic to the Kono and Murayama views. Pilgrims at Yasukuni since Abe returned to have included Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Senior Vice Minister Nobuo Kishi, brother to the prime minister. [Source]

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