JAPAN: Limited Apology

"The longer one lives, the more shame one has to experience." The old Japanese saying was quoted by a Tokyo reader, Goro Hara, in a letter to the English-language Japan Times. To a degree almost incomprehensible to Westerners, Japanese last week were still caught up in shock, shame and rage over the massacre at Israel's Lod Airport by three young Japanese radicals.

A stream of delegations, mostly of young people, called at the Israeli embassy in Tokyo to apologize. Kyoto University President Toshio Maeda, summoned to the Ministry of Education, bowed low to...

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