March 27, 2014

Japan Might Have Friends If It Just Shut Up

William Pesek, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

There's a smarter way for Abe and his administration to deal with Japan's past: Limit comments to events that occurred after, say, 1990. If a journalist asks about the Nanjing massacre, say: "Look our message is Japan is back and we're looking to the future." If queried about sex slaves, say: "You should talk to historians; I can only tell you where Japan is headed." If Japan wants China and Korea to get over the past, it should start by not debating history's facts.

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TAGGED: Japan, Shinzo Abe, South Korea


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