New PM Sparks Concerns in Sino-Japanese Relations - Page 3
In one of his best essays, Christopher Hitchens notes that the shocking aspect of history is one of the reasons why it is so important and educational. Mr. Noda should reconsider his position in light of this, and in so doing his credibility in other areas such as international diplomacy will increase. He can ignore the issue and not bring it up again, which will improve Japanese-Korean-Chinese relations. But unless he states a complete revision in his views on the matter, a cloud will hang over the politics of the region, and an underlying tension will exist. And in an age where China and Japan are coming closer together than ever before and the two countries can work together in a powerful entrepreneurial relationship, I hope you agree that such a cloud would be a damaging anachronism.