Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific

On Japanese Ambassador’s Apology for Bataan
July 6, 2009, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Japan, POW and Forced Labor

Japan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki attended a meeting of former American prisoners of war on May 30, and became the first Japanese government official to apologize for the Bataan Death March in 1942. Mainichi Shimbun provides a commentary on his apology, pointing out the double-standard in Japanese conservatives’ attitudes towards the US and Asian countries over the issue of the memory of WWII.

Differing views on WWII crimes overshadowed by U.S.-Japan security treaty, Mainichi Shimbun, June 22, 2009

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