Abe should also seek rec­on­cil­i­a­tion for ‘trail of un­speak­able cru­elty’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS - The au­thor is China Daily Tokyo bu­reau chief. cai­hong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

On Dec 26, Shinzo Abe will be the first Ja­panese prime min­is­ter to visit Pearl Har­bor, on which Ja­pan launched a sneak at­tack on Dec 7, 1941, drag­ging the United States into the war. He will not apol­o­gize for the at­tack dur­ing his visit, as it is in­tended to “con­sole” its vic­tims.

Abe, Ja­pan’s Prime Min­is­ter, wants clo­sure for his coun­try’s war past, and he is seek­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the US. But by ut­ter­ing no apol­ogy, Abe hopes to con­tinue to keep the fo­cus of at­ten­tion away from Ja­pan’s wartime re­spon­si­bil­ity.

In a signed ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Ja­pan Times on Fri­day, Kuni Miyake, for­mer Ja­panese diplo­mat sta­tioned in Wash­ing­ton, Bei­jing, Cairo and Bagh­dad, called China, rather than his own coun­try, to heed Pearl Har­bor’s lessons.

Miyake drew a far­fetched par­al­lel be­tween China’s op­er­a­tions in the South China Sea and Ja­pan’s Pearl Har­bor at­tack.

“China is do­ing this – as Ja­pan once did – in a man­ner at odds with the sta­tus quo and international con­sen­sus. The ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands it re­cently cre­ated in the South China Sea seem to me to be a Chi­nese ver­sion of the Manchurian In­ci­dent of 1931 – a pre­text Ja­pan used for as­sert­ing sovereignty over dis­puted ar­eas,” Miyake said.

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