Thursday, December 30, 2010
Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-II
When Washington decided to remove North Korea from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on October 11, 2008, some politicians in Tokyo were not happy including right-wing Nakagawa Shoichi, who was attending the G7 meeting in the USA. For years, Japanese right-wing groups including some politicians and abductees’ families, hijacked the Japanese foreign policy toward North Korea. The idea of the right-wing groups is to return all Japanese who were kidnapped by North Korea before the Japanese government will negotiate with Kim Jong Il. This is an extremely naïve idea that results in dangerous foreign policy. They do not understand that the nuclear weapon issue is a higher priority than the abduction issue. Furthermore, they do not understand that their attempts to constantly justify, rewrite, and revise the history of WWII offends the majority people in the world. Before rallying global opinion including trying to influence of the 44th president of the United States to support the returnee issue, the right-wing groups in Tokyo need to clean up Japan’s dirty laundry first, including reparation of war, compensation to victims including comfort women and those that suffered during the rape of Nanjing, recognition of history, and other WWII related issues. Without resolution of these problems, Japan will continue to be viewed as a "third-class" nation in the global community. Consequently, none in the world takes Japan’s politicians seriously.
Labels: Third-Class Politicians
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.