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Germany urges Japan to deal 'honestly' with WWII legacy

BERLIN--Germany said Monday it tried to deal “honestly” with its World War II past and urged Japan to do the same after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial war shrine.

“I do not wish to comment on questions related to Japanese domestic politics,” Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about the surprise Yasukuni shrine visit which enraged China and South Korea.

“But in general all nations must honestly live up to their role in the horrible events of the 20th century. Only on the basis of this honest accounting is it possible to build a future with former foes. This is a conviction Germany takes to heart and which in my opinion applies to all states.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer added that Berlin was following the “tensions in the East China Sea with some concern and very closely.”

“In our view it would be helpful if all sides strived for restraint and moderation and jointly sought a diplomatic solution for running conflicts and, in particular, avoided unilateral steps that could heighten the tensions in the region.”

Germany takes pride in what it sees as its own earnest effort to atone for its militaristic past and the murder of six million European Jews in the Holocaust, although critics say it still has more to do.

December 31, 2013    formosa1223@
How can Japan be accepted as a peace loving country?

After 1945, West Germany did everything in its power to squelch any possibility of repeating the mistakes of World War II.
The nation’s post-war constitution included provisions to limit the number of troops in the standing defense force. Also, Bundeswehr, the nation’s federal defense force, could not be used inside of Germany’s borders or anywhere Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht had previously occupied.
On December 7, 1970, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt traveled to Warsaw, Poland and dropped to his knees before the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Many in Poland and Germany were deeply moved by this famous gesture of repentance and apology.
Done in the name of Germans past and present, the silent act was arguably more powerful than any words Brandt might have uttered. It demonstrates how language sometimes falls short of capturing the overwhelming tragedy of genocide and war—and of human beings’ inhumanity towards one another.
This image of Willy Brandt kneeling has become a symbol. A symbol of accepting the past and of understanding it as an obligation for reconciliation. As an obligation for a common future. Like so many
Germans and Poles I will never forget this image. It has come to be a reminder and a political credo for entire generations.

What Japan did and Abe trying to do now is just the opposite. Japan refuses to even admit let alone apologize for the invasion, looting, massacre, rape in China, Korea and ASEAN Countries during WW2!
January 2, 2014    taiwanindependencenow@
This is an extremely offensive move by the German communists. The Great Nation of Japan has never committed all these so-called "atrocities" as claimed by the [...] chinks and g**ks. These chink and g**k [...] are only fabricating these accusations on Japan out of envy of her prosperity and contribution to the world.
January 2, 2014    superkinez@
formosa1223@ wrote:
How can Japan be accepted as a peace loving country?

After 1945, West Germany did everything in its power to squelch any possibility of repeating the mistakes of World War II.
The nation’s post-war constitution included provisions to limit the number of troops in the standing defense force. Also, Bundeswehr, the nation’s federal defense force, could not be used inside of Germany’s borders or anywhere Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht had previously occupied.
On December 7, 1970, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt traveled to Warsaw, Poland and dropped to his knees before the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Many in Poland and Germany were deeply moved by this famous gesture of repentance and apology.
Done in the name of Germans past and present, the silent act was arguably more powerful than any words Brandt might have uttered. It demonstrates how language sometimes falls short of capturing the overwhelming tragedy of genocide and war—and of human beings’ inhumanity towards one another.
This image of Willy Brandt kneeling has become a symbol. A symbol of accepting the past and of understanding it as an obligation for reconciliation. As an obligation for a common future. Like so many
Germans and Poles I will never forget this image. It has come to be a reminder and a political credo for entire generations.

What Japan did and Abe trying to do now is just the opposite. Japan refuses to even admit let alone apologize for the invasion, looting, massacre, rape in China, Korea and ASEAN Countries during WW2!
I agree completely. I just can't understand why certain people in Taiwan are Pro-Japan.
January 3, 2014    curtisakbar@
It wasn't six million Jews, it was estimated to be six million people in total, majority being Jews.

But this isn't the point, no matter how many people died, Germany has apologized and tried to move for reconciliation. Japan on the other hand has just said up yours. But what do you expect from a country so racist that it allows places to ban "non-Japanese looking" people if they want to.
January 3, 2014    roy_mc_coy@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
This is an extremely offensive move by the German communists. The Great Nation of Japan has never committed all these so-called "atrocities" as claimed by the [...] chinks and g**ks. These chink and g**k [...] are only fabricating these accusations on Japan out of envy of her prosperity and contribution to the world.
I'd like you to say these insulting names in my face.
I'm from Europe and have a Taiwanese/Chinese spouse.
Call her a chink and I'll mess up your face.
January 4, 2014    carltanong@
Abe visiting the evil temple Yasukuni that worship the most notorious war criminals of the world will surely convince the whole Asia even the world that Japan is a "warmonger evil nation with dangerous designs" to perpetrate a new chapter of atrocity against the human race.

Abe can take the vacant seat being abandoned by Osama Bin Laden.
January 8, 2014    cloggedwithguts@
The next thing you'll get from this taiwanindependencenow guy (as well as the other pro-Taiwan independence rednecks) will be denying that the Holocaust took place. Wouldn't surprise me as his Japanese daddies were aligned with Nazi Germany back in the bad old days. He also seems to have a lot of problems with Chinese people, Koreans, and homosexuals. All I can say is that the reason why these right-wing, pro-Taiwan Independence rednecks possesses such intolerant attitudes towards non-Hoklos is a mere reflection of their own inferiority complex.
January 9, 2014    carltanong@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
This is an extremely offensive move by the German communists. The Great Nation of Japan has never committed all these so-called "atrocities" as claimed by the [...] chinks and g**ks. These chink and g**k [...] are only fabricating these accusations on Japan out of envy of her prosperity and contribution to the world.
If your Chinese daddy loves the Japanese man more than your own Chinese m+m and giftw+++ your poor m+m to the Japanese man for a certain benefit or fee......... Then I have nothing to say but to congratulate you as a true legitimate son of the Japanese man offsp++++, and I send my sympathy to your Chinese m+m.



WHBZ
January 10, 2014    edann77@
Kudos to Germany for some down to earth, honest advice. Unfortunately more often than not, humble, honest advice is ignored by people with puffed-up egos who feel damaged.
January 11, 2014    taiwanindependencenow@
Sounds like there are loads of chinks and chink-lovers here...I suggest all of you get your sorry [...] back to chinkland as you are not welcomed in freedom-loving and democratic Taiwan. GET OUT!!! WE H*TE YOU HERE!
January 12, 2014    gauthier74@
formosa1223@ wrote:
How can Japan be accepted as a peace loving country?

After 1945, West Germany did everything in its power to squelch any possibility of repeating the mistakes of World War II.
The nation’s post-war constitution included provisions to limit the number of troops in the standing defense force. Also, Bundeswehr, the nation’s federal defense force, could not be used inside of Germany’s borders or anywhere Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht had previously occupied.
On December 7, 1970, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt traveled to Warsaw, Poland and dropped to his knees before the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Many in Poland and Germany were deeply moved by this famous gesture of repentance and apology.
Done in the name of Germans past and present, the silent act was arguably more powerful than any words Brandt might have uttered. It demonstrates how language sometimes falls short of capturing the overwhelming tragedy of genocide and war—and of human beings’ inhumanity towards one another.
This image of Willy Brandt kneeling has become a symbol. A symbol of accepting the past and of understanding it as an obligation for reconciliation. As an obligation for a common future. Like so many
Germans and Poles I will never forget this image. It has come to be a reminder and a political credo for entire generations.

What Japan did and Abe trying to do now is just the opposite. Japan refuses to even admit let alone apologize for the invasion, looting, massacre, rape in China, Korea and ASEAN Countries during WW2!
The Germans are absolute hypocrites. They still have many WWII criminals in their own country, indentified but trials pending or being deliberately postponed. Also, they do not have to teach other countries what to do. They tried to do that and - fortunately - failed twice. Moreover, what happens in the East China Sea is none of their business at all. Well, Japan bashing always was quite popular in Germany. I hope our German friendly commentators know that "Western Germany" does not recognize the R.O.C. but instead recognizes mainland China aka "P.R.C.". BTW: Why does "Western Germany" not condemn human rights violations in mainland China?
January 13, 2014    gauthier74@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
This is an extremely offensive move by the German communists. The Great Nation of Japan has never committed all these so-called "atrocities" as claimed by the [...] chinks and g**ks. These chink and g**k [...] are only fabricating these accusations on Japan out of envy of her prosperity and contribution to the world.
I totally agree with you re Japan. As you correctly write, it is out of envy of Japan's prosperity. Also, remember that no other country would have overcome three disasters (tsunami, earthquake, nuclear power plant incidents) without foreign (technological) help and in such a heroic way. Here in Europe, there always has been a lot of Japan bashing. However, re "taiwanindepencenow" I would like to point out that Taiwan represents the R.O.C., both areas, the Free Area and mainland China. A country called "China" does not exist. '1 country, 2 areas', "China Post" article dt. 26th March 2012, "Tung Chen-yuan, professor with National Chengchi University, equates Taiwan with the Republic of China. “The R.O.C. is a sovereign nation. Taiwan is a sovereign nation. The R.O.C. equals Taiwan,” he said." Both countries are great, the R.O.C. and Japan.
January 14, 2014    carltanong@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
Sounds like there are loads of chinks and chink-lovers here...I suggest all of you get your sorry [...] back to chinkland as you are not welcomed in freedom-loving and democratic Taiwan. GET OUT!!! WE H*TE YOU HERE!
_You might be a person that has had poor formative experiences that have stunted aspects of your own personality.

_You may have had chaotic, violent and distressing childhood, adolescent or early adulthood experiences.

_You may live in fear of someone, have been subjected to very rigid expectations, and have never been allowed to express your own feelings or RIGHT as a human.

Sorry for those bad experiences that cause your emotional problem. Don't hate us what u call us as Chinks. U should HATE your own Chinese daddy by gift++++ your own ................
January 16, 2014    j79183@
For the people who suffered from the crucial acts of Japan in World war II, it's been extremely harmful when they saw Japanese officials visiting the Yasukuni shrine every year.
Compare to the attitude German government strived for atoning for their mistakes, Japan authorities' tough position on this issue just make international society look down on them!
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