It was pretty predictable all this was going to come up again after Shinzo Abe became the Prime Minister of Japan once again:
South Korea’s president-elect said on Friday that Japan needed to come to terms with its colonial history as tension between two Asian allies of the United States simmered over Japan’s rule of Korea and an island dispute.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a December 31 interview he wanted to issue a statement that would supersede a landmark 1995 apology for Japan’s military aggression, a move bound to raise hackles in South Korea, ruled by Japan from 1910-1945, and in China, where bitter wartime memories run deep.
Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed on Friday that Abe wanted to issue his own “forward-looking” statement but also told reporters the 1995 statement by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama would stand.
“The two sides must have a correct view of history and pursue a future of reconciliation and cooperation,” South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye told Abe’s aide, Fukushiro Nukaga, in Seoul, according to her spokeswoman, Cho Yoon-sun.
A “correct view of history” is shorthand for South Korea’s desire for Japan to acknowledge its wartime and colonial excesses, something Tokyo says it has already done.
“The older generation must make the commitment to try to heal the wound, and must not become an obstacle to opening the way for the future generation.” [Reuters]
You can read the rest at the link, but I find the Japanese right wing nationalists who whitewash Japan’s colonial and wartime past as annoying as the Korean Chinboistas. Can we just put all of them on Dokdo and leave them there?