US House Foreign Affairs Chief Blames Abe for Lack of Apology

Write : 2015-05-01 13:25:42 Update : 2015-05-01 14:21:41

US House Foreign Affairs Chief Blames Abe for Lack of Apology

The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has intensified his criticism of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for failing to apologize over Japan’s wartime aggression.
During his talks with Chairwoman Na Kyung-won of the South Korean National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee and three other lawmakers at his office on Thursday, Rep. Ed Royce addressed Abe's Wednesday speech at the U.S. Congress.
[Sound bite: Rep. Ed Royce - Chairman, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee (English)]
"I was disappointed with the prime minister's failure to address issues about history and issues about the plight of the comfort women as well.... The 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the war in August... that's our next opportunity and I think around the world, people will be addressing the issue."
Royce also said it was important to teach the full history of "what happened to those who were taken into sexual slavery," referring to the women, mostly from Korea and China, who were forced to work in brothels by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. 
Royce said it was a historical event that the whole world should teach without distortion or omission.
He drew a comparison between Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying Abe needs to squarely confront the past as the German leader has. He said acknowledging the past and apologizing for it is the right approach to creating a bright future for Japan.
Rep. Na agreed with Royce, underscoring the necessity of putting more pressure on Abe to make a heartfelt apology to those affected by Japan's past wrongdoings. 
Also present at the meeting were Rep. Hwang Jin-ha, chairman of the National Assembly’s National Defense Committee, Rep. Hwang In-ja of the ruling Saenuri Party, and Rep. Kim Sung-gon of the major opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD). 

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