Japan’s Apology and Self-Denial

US House Foreign Affairs Committee approved H Res 121 which is a non-binding yet face-losing resolution that calls for Japan to apologize for coercing women in occupied Korea and China into sexual slavery during World War II. My personal thanks goes out to the resolution sponsor, Representative Michael Honda, and supporters of the resolution around the world.

Japan has apologized before but it was neither formal nor sincere enough. And what's the point of apologizing when Japan's leaders keep denying and rewriting the truth and history? A full page on Wall Street Journal two weeks ago, paid for by 42 Japanese politicians, is a good example.

Frankly, I am not sure if they are fooling themselves or just trying to fool rest of the world. I fear it is the former and self denial will only worsen as time passes.