Letter to the Editor

Japan refuses to face responsibilities

As a cabinet-approved apology, the 1995 Murayama Statement is the only official apology by the Japanese state. Three other cabinet-approved apologies exist. Each, however, simply replicates the Murayama Statement, changing only the name of the victim group.

By recycling the carefully selected phrases of a long-postponed government apology, the Japanese ambassador’s letter supports The Post’s despair at those in power in Japan who adamantly refuse to face the country’s history and responsibilities.

Mindy Kotler, Washington

The writer is director of Asia Policy Point.

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