Major Japanese Papers Urge Abe to Admit Invasions in Statement

Write : 2015-04-22 14:38:25 Update : 2015-04-22 17:27:46

Major Japanese Papers Urge Abe to Admit Invasions in Statement

Major Japanese newspapers have urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to admit the country’s wartime aggression in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, a major conservative daily, said in its editorial Wednesday that Japan can’t wrap up the past seven decades properly without acknowledging that the invasions by the Japanese Imperial Army were wrong.
Mentioning Abe’s previous comment that the term “invasion” has yet to be defined academically or internationally, Yomiuri said that it is impossible for Japan to deny invasions by the Japanese Army since at least 1931 when the Manchurian Incident occurred.
The Mainichi Shimbun also said in an editorial that Abe needs to put the words, “aggression,” and “colonial rule” in his upcoming statement.
Mainichi said whether Japan admits to its invasions in the statement will determine Japan’s standing in the international community. The newspaper added that an ambiguous expression could raise suspicion that Japan does not consider its past actions as invasions.

The editorials came a day after Abe said on a Japanese TV program that he has already stated that his government inherits the historical perception of previous Japanese governments, and thus does not need to use such expressions again, raising speculation that he will not use words such as “invasion” or “apology” in his statement.  

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