Tensions continue to rise in Northeast Asia; this time between Korea and Japan. Prime Minister ABE has again revisited the possibility of reviewing the Japanese Prime Ministerial official apology of 1995, which was based off of the the “Kono Statement” given by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei KONO in 1993. I say “again” as on March 1, 2007; he stated there was no evidence the Japanese government had kept sex slaves (“Comfort Women” or ianfu).
On 1 March, South Korean President Geun-Hye PARK, during a ceremony celebrating the opening of an exhibition on ianfu as well as the anniversary of the 1919 uprising while Korea was a colony of the Great Empire of Japan, stated that Japan will be isolating itself it it continued to deny the existence of ianfu. Her translated quote was, “Historical truth is in testimony from the survivors. Japan would only bring isolation on itself if it turns a deaf ear to their testimony and sweeps it under the rug for political benefits”.
She also pointed to follow Germany’s example in repenting from its past wrongs; and only in doing this, will South Korea and Japan be able to move forward.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Has Japan sufficiently apologized — through official statements, compensation, creating the Asian Women’s Fund, a website describing the events, etc? Or has Japan’s wavering been a signal that maybe they are just attempting to appease South Korea but aren’t heartfelt in their apology?
Read more @ http://bit.ly/NHgAmj