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Abe: Japan Will Apologize No More
Posted 8/16/15

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe endorsed past government apologies for his nation's wartime aggression and colonial rule..., but he stopped short of repeating those apologies himself.

“I bow my head deeply before the souls of all those who perished both at home and abroad. I express my feelings of profound grief and my eternally, sincere condolences....We must not let our children, grandchildren and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with that war, be predestined to apologize,” he said."



He noted that more than 80% of the country’s population was born after the war, and indicated a frustration with what many conservatives argue are excessive calls for Japan to apologize for past mistakes.


To be fair, modern day Japanese have little to nothing to do with the colonial Imperialistic Japan of old. However, how do you feel about PM Shinzo Abe's remarks that the Japanese should not have to apologize any further for their past actions?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/08/14/japanese-leader-abe-stops-short-apology-wwii/31700051/
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
The current Japanese pretty much have nothing to do with WWII anymore.

Kinda pointless to apologize for something that happened way before you were born.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
Thats stupid. Im sorry man but you dont get to just say "welp we apologized enough" and bow out especially since Abe denies the existence of "comfort women". Germany in WWII committed horrific war crimes and they still apologize for it. All nations need to get over there pride and all openly apologize to each other.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
It's fine to remember the past but don't let it hold you back, Japan doesn't has to apologize anymore just like America doesn't have to apologize for the nukes and Germany for the Nazi's. Every country did things they would rather not have to but it's because of these things that everyone could move forward. So in all I agree with the pm here.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/18/15
No apology is needed. I think Abe did the right thing. The people of today are not the people of WW2. It's like some kid telling you to apologize for something your great grandfather did even though you didn't do it and he was not affected by it. The chain of causation is too long at some point, and I think we are at that point.

Besides, nobody is innocent in war. If an apology is expected, an apology should be given.

This attitude of entitlement and resentment is what causes many battles in the first place. Just get over it. Seriously, he can say whatever he wants and even if he apologizes, it doesn't mean the people from WW2 apologize as well. It's meaningless and misguided to expect an uninvolved person to apologize. The apology would not be genuine since the wrongdoers did not apologize.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
This guy can't wait until all the victims die off so he can tell himself the problem is over.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
Japan has apologized enough.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
He's right. Over 71 years have gone by since WW2 which would make the youngest people fighting on either side around 89-90 years old now. The people who needed to apologize (with just a few exceptions probably) are all long dead and buried. It wasn't 18 year olds that ordered the bombing of pearl harbor or the bombing of Hiroshima. The people who did would all be over 100 now if they're alive, most likely not at all.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
As an historian I have to say that the countries that made up the AXIS powers have made more than enough apologies over the last 75 years for the mistakes and sinister ambitions of a few megalomaniacs and uber nationalists. If the world continues to force Germany and Japan to apologize annually it could eventually lead to the same national bitterness that lead to WWII with countries demanding reparations for war damages after WWI. In some ways Korea and China have never forgiven Japan for its imperialistic ambitions and granted that Japan treated the Chinese and Korean people horrifically during the war, but it is time cease dwelling on this. It is more than time for the rest of the world (especially China) to move forward and accept that Japan has acknowledged its culpability in the events of WWII and that as a country and a people they have determined that Japan will never again tread the path of war as an acceptable instrument of national policy.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
Japan has apologized already. While I do want them to admit to the war crimes they still refuse to admit too, having to apologize for them when current day japan was not even involved with it is a bit much. War is fucking war, people die.

Its a bit stupid to continuously pester their government (in this time period) and try to make them feel guilty for something they had nothing to do with.

I don't expect modern day Germany to apologize for the Nazi's and I don't expect modern day America to apologize for the fire bombings of Tokyo and Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which killed an extremely large number of innocent civilians.

Everyone is so damn hyped up over apologies and blaming people for something they had no part in. Good god, stop dragging shit out.

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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/23/15
I'm assuming there will be a largely pro-Japan response on this website.

Abe is still a dumb ass.
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Posted 8/16/15

LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Abe is still a dumb ass.


What makes you say that?
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/16/15
Move on people. More important shit to deal with. You know, like things actually happening right now. Not things of the past that are of no concern now. Learn from it and move foward. That's all that needs to be done at this point.
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Posted 8/16/15
We all will eventually have to get to the point where we move beyond this. If Japan were still committing the atrocities they are being pestered to apologize for that would be another matter entirely. They should continue the remembrance ceremonies as it is important not to forget about everything and pretend it didn't happen. However I am of the opinion that once everyone who was involved has died then the apologizing needs to stop because the people who should receive the apology are gone.
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Posted 8/16/15 , edited 8/16/15
You know, there's been a lot of people in the past who thought the US went too easy on them after the war in terms of war crime prosecutions. But since Japan is such an honor based society, maybe in the long run that actually did more harm than good. Maybe if they'd been treated more severely post occupation they wouldn't have such a complex about feeling the need to constantly apologize for the last 70 years, and could instead have moved on a little faster without the rising resentment of conservative groups who are now trying to rewrite history.

I don't know. Just a random thought I had which is probably off base.
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