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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / From the PressEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsFrom the ReadersDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPAbe aides cast dark cloud(China Daily) Updated:2015-03-27 07:37Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA demonstrator holds a sign, reading No to the Abe Administration, during a mass protest in the heart of Tokyo, March 22, 2015. [Photo/IC]The world should be increasingly vigilant against the moves of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toward historical revisionism, as his expert panel set up to advise him on his statement to mark the end of World War II is nothing but a smoke screen serving to hide his real intentions.According to the summary of the panels second round debate on historical issues, the 16-member panel quibbled about “whether it is appropriate to determine that the war was an act of aggression based on present values”, with the majority insisting that “Japan should not be the only one to blame as aggression was also conducted by the Allied Forces” and the word “aggression” should not be used in Abes statement.
With no self-reflection in sight, the panel is seeking to ensure that Abes historical revisionism makes a soft landing in his statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war against fascism.
The Japanese prime minister is a veteran of such tricks. A similar panel was also formed to debate whether the country should exercise the right to collective self-defense in a move to apparently give the opposition a channel to express itself, but in effect ensuring the results were entirely controllable and in line with his real purpose.
Sadly, Abes conspiracy worked again to some extent, since all the liberal media in Japan, including those that always fiercely slam such historical revisionism, have become somewhat muted about denouncing the wrong viewpoints held by Abe and like-minded rightists.
Among the panels five meetings, the recently concluded session was the only one focused on historical issues and the signal sent by its summary once again cast a gloomy shadow over Japans relations with its neighbors.
The world is hoping that Abes statement will serve as a positive political legacy for the future of Japan and its neighbors, rather than another attempt to rewrite his countrys war past.
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