Senior politicians of the American House of Representative and the European Parliament made it clear that Japan’s denial of its war time issues would have grave implications for the relationships with both the United States and Europe. Senator Honda commented that “It will ignite unnecessary tensions and provocations with neighboring countries. Government is a living, breathing organism that is responsible for its past, present and future.” It is apparent that one cannot rewrite history and as a nation one has to accept and take responsibility for the consequences of military misconduct and political opportunism. These strong political and international statements were made before you visited the United States of America.
As Prime Minister you must deal with this and cannot hide behind Japanese culture, which for its military misconduct and political opportunism carries no respect in the rest of the world. (meer…)