Why Japanese Wartime Apologies Fail
Sunday, August 14, 2005 Posted: 10:36 PM JST
With Japan and its neighbors still at odds over history, German freelance journalist Gebhard Hielscher says Tokyo should take bold measures to clarify that it has atoned for its wartime aggression.
The former Far East correspondent for the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung proposes that Japan follow Germany's lead and come up with legislation that offers compensation to individuals that suffered under its wartime policies, even if only a token sum. Hielscher says Japan must also conduct joint historical research with its neighbors, as Germany did, so that all sides can at least learn to accept one another's different perceptions. Karasaki Taro interviewed Hielscher about Japanese war apologies.
Charles Burress of the San Fransisco Chronicle however argues it is useless to compare Japan with Germany.
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