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Koizumi can not escape historical guilty
Latest Updated by 2005-10-18 09:14:10
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Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dared to visit the Yasukuni Shrine again on Monday. He deeply hurt the feelings of the peoples of its neighbors including China once plagued by Japan's invasion and undermined the friendship and cooperation between Japan and those nations.

 

Outraged by Koizumi's wrongdoing, the Chinese government and people have lodged a strong protest to the Japanese side. Koizumi must shoulder the responsibility for all the consequences resulting from his action.

 

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. The international community has held various activities to commemorate that period of history so as to remember history, remember the past, cherish peace and create the future.

 

Japan, as one of the main aggress or countries in the war, has every reason to take this occasion to make efforts to take lessons from the heavy disaster it caused to the the world and break with its notorious past. But Koizumi made a fifth visit to the war-related shrine despite waves of protest from neighboring countries and the international community.

 

With the visit, Koizumi proved that he has time and again deceived himself and others on the issue of history. He claimed that his shrine visits were to pray for peace and honor the dead. But it is known to all that the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 14 Class-A war criminals with hands full of victims' blood, played an infamous role in the period of Japan's military expansion. The shrine also runs a museum that attempts to justify Japan's wartime aggression.

 

Used by the militarists to ferment the sentiment of fighting and sacrificing for the emperor, the shrine was turned into a particular tool for war. Now, it remains an icon of militarism and a pole of militarist ideology.

 

To visit the Yasukuni Shrine is to agree with distorting Japan's past aggression as "self-defense," and to agree with the reactionary viewpoint of history. If Koizumi sincerely recognized the great sufferings caused by Japan's invasion past, how could he fail to know that the war-criminals honored at the shrine should have been condemned?

 

The visit to the shrine again shows a stark contradiction between Koizumi's words and actions on developing Sino-Japanese relations. Koizumi has stressed many times that he is "a believer of friendly Sino-Japanese ties." If so, he should respect the feelings of the Chinese people and stop visiting the shrine and, instead, do more to promote the ties.

 

As is known to all, Japan's aggressive war inflicted terrible disasters on the Chinese people. According to incomplete statistics, the war resulted in 35 million Chinese casualties and caused enormous economic losses.

 

Koizumi's repeated shrine visits have ruthlessly hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and exposed his hypocrisy on the development of bilateral ties.

 

Correct handling of history issue is the political cornerstone for the development of Sino-Japanese relations, and this is best embodied in the three documents between China and Japan -- the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the Peace and Friendship Treaty and the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration.

 

In April, Chinese President Hu Jintao put forward a five-point proposal on the development of Sino-Japanese relations, urging Japan to translate its remorse for its war of aggression into action and treat the historical issue cautiously.

 

At the conference marking the 60th anniversary of Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, Hu stressed that remembering history is not tantamount to continuing hatred, but to taking history as a mirror and looking up to the future.

 

Only by remembering history and taking lessons from it, can a repetition of historical tragedy be avoided. In order to promote the bilateral ties, China conducted strategic dialogue with Japan only recently.

 

But against such a backdrop, Koizumi visited the war shrine again. This severely damaged the political foundation of the Sino-Japanese relations and created new obstacles to normal development of the bilateral ties.

 

To treat history correctly is also in the fundamental interests of Japan and the Japanese people.

 

Some Japanese media noted that only when the history issue finds a proper solution, will the political relations between Japan and China as well as other Asian countries get remarkable improvement and only when the diplomatic relations are improved, will the economic cooperation get new and larger development. This is of vital importance to the Japanese economy which relies on the world market to a large degree.

 

Japan seeks to become a new permanent member of the UN Security Council. On this, South Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Singapore and some other Asian countries have indicated that a permanent Security Council member state must be a responsible country. How could Japan undertake its international responsibilities, and win the trust and support of the the Asian countries, if it can not even treat history correctly.

 

It should be pointed out that though Koizumi "simplified" his Monday visit to the Yasukuni Shrine as compared with before, the fact still can not be covered up that he ate his own words, failed to reflect on Japan's past seriously and, instead, created obstacles to the normal development of Sino-Japanese ties.

 

A Chinese saying goes: "Lessons one has learned from the past can guide one in the future." If Japan wants to avoid repeating its mistake, it should take history as a mirror.

 

If the Japanese leaders obstinately stick to the wrong course in disregard of the Chinese people's feelings, the general situation of the bilateral ties and the wish of all the peace-loving people, they will find themselves "lifting a rock only to drop it on their own toes."

 

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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