WHY DIDN’T SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY OFFER AN APOLOGY TO JAPAN WHEN HE RECENTLY VISITED THE HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL?

American Secretary of State John Kerry was in Japan for a meeting of foreign ministers, ahead of the G-7 Summit, also in Japan, in late May.  After its invasion of Crimea, Russia is no longer included in what had been labeled the G-8.  Interestingly, I’ve noticed a number of recent visits to past blog posts about Japan—primarily concerning the Atom Bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the fact that Japan has never apologized for its wartime atrocities, and whether or not Japan should re-arm itself into a full-fledged military force.  (Just type Hiroshima into the Search box, upper right-hand corner, to read them.)

On Monday, the seven foreign ministers, plus the E. U. High Representative for Foreign Affairs, visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and each laid a wreath at the solemn site. When a reporter asked one of his aids whether Mr. Kerry was going to offer an apology, he responded, citing the traditional anonymity, that the Secretary and Japanese Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, had agreed not to bring-up what had happened 70 years ago.

The U. S. has certainly committed many atrocities, probably in every single war that it has engaged in. Perhaps the same goes for every other nation that has gone to war.  Yes, “War IS Hell!”; however, that doesn’t serve to amend for the usual majority of victims being innocent civilians.  So, why didn’t Japan push Secretary Kerry to apologize for the more than 200,000 civilians who were horrifically annihilated, between Hiroshima and Nagasaki, back in 1945?

It is important to remember that Japan, as well, has denied many of its wartime actions, and even re-written history books, deleting them.  Personally, I believe that Japan also does not wish to even acknowledge—let alone apologize—for its various activities, during that war.  So, each nation agreed to remain silent regarding apologies.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

“An Atrocity is Uncovered: November 1969
The My Lai Massacre”
Seymour M. Hersch/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
http://pierretristam.com/Bobst/library/wf-200.htm

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
A book by: Iris Chang
(There is a presumption that, after what she had learned in researching “Rape”, Ms. Chang took her own life in 2004.)

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  1. #1 by Joseph Dokes on May 3, 2016 - 6:48 AM

    Question: Why doesn’t Japan apologize for the sneak attack and bombing of Pearl Harbor? And, while we are at it, the Rape of Nanjing, the Bataan Death March, the use of U.S. prisoners of war in grotesque experiments, and the sexual enslavement of Korean and Chinese women?

    • #2 by cheekos on May 3, 2016 - 2:43 PM

      Mr. Dokes (perhaps an alias, huh?), toward the end of that blog post, I suggested that Secretary Kerry and the Japanese Foreign Minister might have agreed–implicitly or explicitly–not to delve into past atrocities. I have read a great deal about World War II, and afterward. With a Filipina wife, I’m well aware of the Bataan Death March and, in prior blogs, I’ve cited the Rape of Nanking, and the other atrocities that you have pointed-out.

      At the same time, I was in (South) Vietnam, in 1968, at the time that American GI’s massacred 550 Vietnamese–almost all of which were women, children and old men–in the Village of My Lai. And how about the Doctors Without Borders hospital that the USAF bombed, in Afghanistan last year, killing 43 innocent people–many of them medical volunteers. Additionally, the internment camps that FDR signed legislation to force Japanese-Americans–many of whom were U.S. Citizens and returning War Veterans–to live in for the duration.

      So, there is plenty of guilt to go around. I believe that’s why neither side pursued the Apology for Atrocities issue.

  2. #3 by cheekos on May 7, 2016 - 12:56 AM

    The linked article from the L. A. Times provides a more in-depth explanation as to why Japan doesn’t seem to want an Apology for the World War II bombing, if President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima, when he attends the G7 summit in Japan later this month: http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-na-japan-hiroshima-apology-20160429-story.html

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