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Japan’s Abe ignores historical facts for political gain

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

10-13-2015 12:02 BJT

By Hou Jun, a Ph.D. candidate majoring in International Relations at Research Institute of International Relations, China Foreign Affairs University

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Nanjing Massacre documents into its Memory of the World Register on October 9. The action had sparked extreme criticism from Tokyo, demanding Beijing withdraw its application.

According to the Japanese media, Tokyo had threatened to freeze its UNESCO membership fees.

Starting from celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the world anti-fascist war in early September, Tokyo has engaged in provocative behavior.

Japan made groundless accusations against China’s military parade, calling for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to refuse to attend the ceremony.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is distorting history, which is causing embarrassment to the international community. He continues to support visits to the Yasukuni Shrine that honors Class A criminals of World War II.

He refuses to admit that Japan had acted wrongly in the war. He disobeyed Japan’s pacifist Constitution by supporting the new security bills that allow Tokyo to rebuild its military strength.

Abe is guiding Japan towards the right-leaning road. His politics distorts the attitudes of major powers. For many years Tokyo has sought to improve global perceptions of the country.

Yet, Japan has grown more frustrated with its efforts in recent years. Japan pays enormous dues to the UN as an attempt to become a permanent member of the Security Council, but they have failed.

Tokyo is acting hysterical when threatening to freeze its share of UNESCO membership fees. Yes, Japan holds a sovereign right to seek major powers status, but recent actions demonstrate that Tokyo is becoming a laughing stock among diplomatic circles.

Tokyo is bribing global organizations for their support and threatening to with-hold those funds, but that’s counterproductive. Abe’s politics harbors double standards for human rights. He promotes “values diplomacy” that emphasizes freedom, democracy, and human rights.

However, in regard to comfort women, forced recruitment of labor in China and abandoned chemical weapons, Tokyo remains silent.

Japan has placed added attention to the disasters they had endured. They love to talk about the nuclear explosions blasting Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the carpet-bombing of Tokyo, the Battle of Okinawa that caused heavy casualties of Japanese civilians.

Yet Japan shuns its responsibility for the war, in order to confuse the public. Tokyo neglects to consider listening to reasonable compensation demands from victims who were comfort women and forced recruitment labor.

In the face of widely recognized evidence of the Nanjing Massacre, Tokyo tells evasive tales, to claim there were no unwarranted acts of aggression against China. Japan  should just face up to its history.

Despite Tokyo’s best efforts, UN Secretary-General Ban still attended the Chinese V-day parade and UNESCO added Nanjing massacre documents onto the Memory of the World Register; proving that the international community holds Japan responsible for its military aggression.

Accordingly, a just cause enjoys abundant support while an unjust cause finds few fans. Blindly distorting history challenges the public conscience and makes them appear untrustworthy to the international community.

Tokyo never stops muddling the historical issue, which is tantamount to wishful thinking on their part. Hence, Japan is isolating itself away from the global community at large.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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