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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Major Japanese Figure Calls For War Criminals to be Removed From Yasukuni

Despite all the Japnophiles and their continued blathering about how Japan has apologized (not) and how others shouldn't be concerned about visits to Yasukuni, more movers and shakers in Japan are beinging to realize what a problem it truly is to their neighbors.

Japan may need to reconsider the interment of convicted war criminals in the Yasukuni Shrine, one of the country's most venerated religious sites, said the chairman of the nation's most powerful business lobby.

``The issue isn't visiting the Yasukuni, but to recognize that the war criminals are there,'' said Hiroshi Okuda, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, at a press conference today in Tokyo.

Yes! He gets it! Get rid of the war criminals, get rid of the controversy! For those of you that don't know, not only is Hiroshi Okuda the chairman of the Japan Business Federation, he is also the chairman of Toyota Motor Corp.

I hope more start to echo his words.

UPDATE: Other's are starting to talk.

Ruling coalition New Komeito party Secretary General Tetsuzo Fuyushiba cautioned a party lawmaker Thursday for telling the Diet that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to war-related Yasukuni Shrine are akin to a German leader's visit to Adolf Hitler's grave, party lawmakers said.

Fuyushiba orally cautioned House of Councillors member Junichi Fukumoto for being careless and inappropriate for making the remark, they said.

Fukumoto criticized the premier's repeated visits during an upper house Budget Committee session last Friday, saying, "It's just like offering prayers at a grave of Hitler."

UPDATE II: Takashi Tsujii also realizes the position that Japan has put itself in. While writing on why he feels Japan is not ready to be part of the UN Security Council he writes:

It is also questionable whether Japan is doing its share as a responsible member of the international community.

Some people argue that it is unreasonable to distinguish between victors and vanquished nations 60 years after the end of World War II.

Although I won't completely deny such vague feelings as wrong, we must also squarely face the reality that 60 years after the war, Japan still has no Asian friends who trust it.

In other words, Japan has yet to settle its history that led to World War II.

Also in this regard, Japan is completely different from Germany, which has positively made an effort to reconcile with its neighbors. The fact that China and South Korea are opposing Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the Security Council is also a sign that Japan is not ready for the post.