Merkel tells Japan to look squarely at history

Merkel has started her journey to Japan, the first visit in 7 years, with a firm reminder to the host country to face up to its wartime past

Merkel tells Japan to look squarely at history

World Bulletin / News Desk

Visiting Japan for the first time in 7 years, Merkel has opened up her trip by telling Japan to face up to their history

Making the statement at a speech organized by the liberal- leaning Asahi newspaper in Tokyo, Merkel said the war is the bitter memory of Germany and her country will never forget the history, adding the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII is significant for both Germany and Japan. 

The statement will be closely watched by Beijing and Seoul, which suffered under Japanese militarism, as well as Tokyo's close ally, Washington.

Her comments come as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to deliver a statement later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. There is speculation that Abe may water down Japan's 1995 landmark apology over its aggression.

When asked about how could Japan resolve confrontation over historical issues with China and South Korea, the German leader only said that Germany has looked squarely at history, especially the Holocaust, and that's the reason why her country was accepted by the international community.

Local reports analyzed that Germany concerns Japan's right- leaning politics as the major European country expressed caution against Abe's visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine in December 2013.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2015, 10:18