Japan's Selective Remorse
Japan Apologizes to Philippines for WWII Atrocities
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    It is unjust to blame those now living for atrocities committed by their ancestors. The sins of the father aren’t the sins of the son or the grandson or the great grandson. We today aren’t responsible for the annihilation of Carthage.

    • AndrewL

      Yes, it’s not fair to blame the living for atrocities committed by their ancestors. However, if the living denies the atrocities committed by their ancestors, then they should be taken to task.

      How would Americans feel if Japan claims Pearl Harbor “never happened”?

      How would the Japanese feel if U.S. claims Hiroshima and Nagasaki “never happened”?

      Perhaps Americans and Japanese can empathize with the Chinese reaction when Japan claims Nanjing Massacre “never happened”, or the Korean reaction when Japan claims sexual slavery “never happened”.

      The best way forward for everyone is to sincerely repent for past sins, like Germany did after WWII. Denial is the surest way of keeping historical wound festering.

    • ltlee1

      Perhaps modern Japan has more than the sins of the fathers. Japan’s Emperor on whose name all the atrocities were committed is still sitting on the Japanese throne. Imagine post WWII Germany has the descendant of Hitler as its head of state. How will Europe see this Germany?

  • Breif2

    “Japan hasn’t taken nearly as conciliatory a tone with China and Korea, however.”

    Perhaps because the Philippines is less wont to use this issue as a stick to beat modern Japan with?

    • T Lee

      Irrelevant but I suppose you haven’t read any moral philosophy. An apology isn’t something to be delivered if asked, like a pizza

      • Breif2

        I suppose you haven’t read about Japan’s previous apologies or concrete acts of repentance. Apologies are one thing, self-flagellation on order is another.

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