Japan: No Apology Necessary

No Apology Necessary

The immense wave of attention the U.S. has been devoting to the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor has made Japan nervous. Using language more specific than usual, Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe told the Washington Post, "We feel a deep remorse about the unbearable suffering and sorrow Japan inflicted on the American people and the peoples of Asia."

The surprise attack and the war in the Pacific, he added, resulted from "the reckless decision of our military." It was a particularly direct statement that went beyond the usual bland formula used by Japanese officials.

Watanabe said his country is...

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