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
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.)