Painful Memories Linger

The people of Japan live with the memory of what their soldiers did during World War II. From 1941 to 1945 they occupied China and proceeded to murder at least four million people. Their invading army occupied the city of Nanking and proceeded to rape over 100,000 women as well as killing untold thousands. During the war, Japanese soldiers murdered captured prisoners, they beheaded US pilots, in the name of their emperor and society. One would assume with this track record, Japanese officials would apologize for their atrocities. No such apology has ever been given.

The people of Germany inflicted the Holocaust on six million Jews and murdered over 30 million other Europeans. Since the end of WWII, Germany has engaged in excellent education programs to ensure its youth remembers what their grandparents did. However, Japanese officials refuse to acknowledge any wrong doing. Dozens of Japanese lawmakers, including members of the Cabinet, visited a shrine dedicated to those  who murdered and raped.

What will it take to persuade Japan to accept responsibility for the horrors it inflicted upon the innocent?

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