As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discharges an official explanation later Friday to stamp the 70th commemoration of his nation’s surrender toward the end of World War II (WWII), he is remaining at a basic intersection.
Upon such an exceptionally typical and firmly watched event, Abe has a decision to make, and there is one and only way that will lead him and his country closer to the “ordinary nation” dream he has so as often as possible yelled from the housetops.
Picking a wrong course – or continuing roaming, given his record on the delicate history issue – will without a doubt convey the second-term executive further far from a legacy in country building he so frantically needs, as his mark “Abenomics” is losing sizzle.
Any announcement that outrageously spurns the genuine history and neglects to atone Japan’s WWII abominations would be commensurate to Abe dropping a bomb upon his nation’s worldwide notoriety and reliability.
Such an “Abomb” would be especially tragic, as its sole casualty would be Japan itself, Abe’s homeland, which is the main nation on the planet that has been A-bombarded and still in the mending.
It would likewise be remarkably untrustworthy and ruinous, not just on the grounds that its stun waves would blow the chances for his “typical nation” desire to work out at any point in the near future, but since its aftermath would further distress Japan’s as of now bleak ties with its neighbors and feed local strains.
In the event that Abe has any sensible level of collectedness, he won’t toss an “Abomb” at his own nation. Maybe, in light of the trial inflatables he has discharged recently, a more probable situation is that the watchful patriot would offer a debased conciliatory sentiment.
An “Abapology” – saying such essential words as hostility and expression of remorse yet putting them in a setting that dilutes their importance, or discharging nuanced variants in diverse dialects – would be unfortunate.
Such a weak expression of remorse would at the end of the day uncover Abe’s profound hesitance to face up to his nation’s wartime law violations and tackle the respectable obligation on his shoulders in truly considering the past keeping in mind the end goal to usher Japan into a world-guaranteeing future.
A wade through methodology of that kind would be not just unworthy of the immense noteworthiness of the notable point, yet characteristic of a prominent absence of political and chronicled calcium, which discloses to an expansive degree why Japan remains an “unusual” nation 70 years after WWII.
The main right path forward is for Abe to stop his rightist slide and give a legitimate and unalloyed expression of remorse – sufficiently unequivocal to show ardent regret and a resolve to relinquish his recent troublesome state of mind toward WWII history and help scatter the ghost of doubt between his nation and its neighbors.
Yet ought to history be any aide, even an obviously entire hearted statement of regret from Abe would not be sufficient. It is the minimum he ought to do. To understand his “ordinary nation” dream and restore Japan’s remaining on the world stage, he needs to catch up with solid activities.