Japan-China battle comes to Ottawa: Citizen article sparks diplomatic row over Second World War atrocitiesBreaking News
Bilateral relations have been souring over the past few months over the Japanese textbooks' treatment of that country's involvement in the Second World War, a tension compounded by the fight over oil drilling along disputed sea borders.
Now, with the 60th anniversary of Victory Japan Day on Monday, the politics of memory are again coming into play, specifically regarding the Japanese invasion and massacre of Nanjing, then the capital of China, during the war.
An article under the headline "The Republic of Amnesia," written by Andrew Cohen and published in the June 28 Citizen, provoked a letter from the Japanese Embassy, defending Japan's historical treatment of wartime atrocities and reiterating the country's formal apology.
In his letter to the Citizen on July 27, Masaya Fujiwara, a minister at the Japanese Embassy, wrote, "Japan squarely faces the facts of history," and reiterated what Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said in April during his speech at the Asian-African Summit.
"Japan, through colonial rule and aggression, caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those of Asian nations. With feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology always engraved in mind, Japan has maintained ... its principle of resolving all matters by peaceful means, without recourse to use of force."
This provoked a response from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, which said Japan's actions negate the apology.
Zuo Wenxing, the press officer for the Embassy of China in Ottawa, wrote that Mr. Fujiwara's assertion that Japan has faced up to its past is "far from convincing," and that his letter "casts further doubts about Japan's attitude to towards its past."
"Just face up to history," said Ms. Wenxing. "They have apologized, yes, but it's not translating into action."
comments powered by Disqus
- Rubio Surges Into Second In New Hampshire
- Branstad Says Cruz Ran ‘Unethical’ Campaign
- Christie Highlights Santorum’s Endorsement of Rubio
- Portman Comes Out Against Trade Deal
- Megyn Kelly Gets a Book Deal
- A Big List of the Bad Things Clinton Has Done
- An Unambiguous Sign Sanders Won Last Night’s Debate
- Still Friends at the End
- Quote of the Day
- Trump Still Leads as Clinton Slips
- Clinton Can’t Shake Image as Wall Street’s Friend
- Maddow Doesn’t See Sanders Winning
- Why Does the Media Still Shield Chelsea Clinton?
- Bush Jokes His Mother May Have Abused Him
- Rubio Closes the Gap in New Hampshire
- Newly released interactive map shows images of destroyed monuments of Mosul
- How the Rise of the Post Office Explains American Innovation
- These Americans are reliving history and don’t mind repeating it
- Britain largest home is saved for the nation
- Shelter and the slums: capturing bleak Britain 50 years ago
- WSJ features an article by a conservative calling for the abolition of Black History Month
- Mary Beard, herself a bestselling author, wonders why more women historians aren't
- Princeton U. historian Imani Perry claims mistreatment in parking ticket arrest
- Retired historian George Dennison remains on the payroll at the U. of Montana while faculty are cut
- The Atlantic profiles exciting ways to teach history