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Aug 25, 2009 3:59 pm


JAPAN AND TURKEY LET THE PAST HAUNT THEIR PRESENT



Stubborn failure to follow in German footsteps and be seen to accept responsibility for historical misdeeds seriously undermines the foreign policy of these two states and divides their populace. Attempts to limit the damage of the repeated shrine visits are useless. A Japanese court ruled that the visits are unconstitutional. Koizumi should take advantage of them.

Unfortunately, Erdogan has not such opportunity. On the contrary, Turkish courts are prosecuting an author named Pamuk who condemns the Armenian massacre and correctly warns that failure to acknowledge it will cost Turkey membership in the EU.

He is right.




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MarkD - 10/19/2005

I know nothing about Turkey, but the Japanese are tired of being manipulated by China over WWII. There is very little division of public opinion on this matter. Japanese opinion of China is decreasing, and direct investment is decreasing as well. The Chinese are quite likely going to end up with what they do not want, namely an increasingly militaristic rival. This "apology for stuff that happened before my lifetime" business is tiresome. I had no ancestors here at the time of the Civil War, and my wife is an immigrant from Japan. I apologize to nobody for slavery. My wife's family was nearly killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and they don't whine about it.


Richard L Rubenstein - 10/18/2005

Given the gutless series of EC and EU surrenders to Arab and Muslim demands, I seriously doubt that Turkey's refusal to acknowledge the Armenian genocide will prevent Turkey's admission to the EU.