Saturday, January 08, 2005
ZNet, MA, by Yoichi Funabashi January 06, 2005
(Background info) Yoichi Funabash is an Asahi Shimbun senior staff writer and foreign affairs columnist. This two part article commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II appeared in the International Herald Tribune/Asahi Shimbun on January 4 and 5, 2005.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Three-quarters of Japan's population was born after the war.
Despite the passage of time, Japan's postwar problems continue. Public opinion is split over Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro 's visits to Yasukuni Shrine. China and South Korea are also unhappy about the visits.
To remember the tragedy of the war and the importance of peace, events are being planned across the world this year to mourn the war dead.
At the Japan-China summit on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November, Chinese President Hu Jintao said: "We cannot avoid history. I want (Japan) to deal with the problem properly. In particular, 2005 is a sensitive year that marks the 60th anniversary of anti-fascist victory. "
Is China misusing its unfortunate history for political purposes vis-a-vis japan?
Can China continue with its sharp criticism of Japan without igniting a conflict?
Does Japan need to abide by China's wishes?
Posted by Chin-fu Hung at 8:13 AM