Japan and reconciliation in post-war Asia : the Murayama by Tōgō, Kazuhiko

By Tōgō, Kazuhiko

Japan and Reconciliation in Post-war Asia considers former jap top minister Tomiichi Murayama's 1995 apology assertion, the peak of Japan's post-war apology, and examines its implications for reminiscence, diplomacy, and reconciliation in Asia. Taking a comparative strategy and situating dialogue inside of broader debates approximately struggle, apology, and reconciliation, this quantity assemble insider  Read more...

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While trying to minimize the potential for conflict, they should strive to build and increase areas of common interest. Just as conflict in other areas—such as natural resources and territorial disputes—often spills over into history issues, increasing cooperation between China and Japan on significant issues such as the environment and energy could contribute to the confidence-building that is required for reconciliation over history. Satisfactory apology or not, history issues, then, had to be shelved in order to pursue China’s more important core interests.

1057/9781137301239 40 Daqing Yang different interpretations of history and international law—have increasingly flared up and spiraled out of control. This was especially true in the case of the arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain by Japan’s Coast Guard in waters around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in September 2010. More recently, China reacted angrily when the Japanese government purchased three of the islets from their private Japanese owner. At the same time, the Chinese side seems to have stalled in implementing the agreement for joint development of gas fields in the East China Sea, reached in 2008.

Contrary to the common perception that it was an error of interpretation, the Japanese government had decided on such wording in advance, on the basis of an assessment of domestic opinion (Liu 2010; Hattori 2011). ). It is clear, however, that Chinese leaders were more concerned with the issue of legitimacy vis-à-vis Taiwan than with Japan’s attitude toward the past or war reparations themselves. After this clash, according to a Japanese journalist covering the meeting, Tanaka overruled the opposition of a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official and included in the joint communiqué acknowledgment of Japan’s responsibility for wartime aggression (Hirano 1978, 82).

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