Japanese politicians were shocked when President Lee landed on the Dokdo and the aftermath between Japan and Korea. When Japan offered to bring the case to ICJ, the Korean government rejected and sent back Prime Minister Noda’s letter to Japan. Japanese nationalists (especially Fuji TV and Sanke Shimbun) claimed that the rejection is like a quasi-declare of “war.” Meanwhile the Japanese edition of the Chosun Ilbo, in an article written by Lee ha won () insists that the Japanese emperor should learn from Willy Brandt of West Germany who knelt down on his knees before the Korean people. Right wing Japanese responded to these comments on the internet with anger. It would be of big step for reconciliation between Korea and Japan if Lee’s suggestion happened. Another big step (for reconciliation between the Japanese and Chinese) would be to build a memorial for the Chinese to remember the “Rape of Nanjing” in Tokyo similar to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. However, in today’s Japan, it is impossible (at least in my life time) for Japanese leaders to take such bold steps.
Source: AP News (access date: 1 September 2012).
Source: willybrandtcenter.org (access date: 1 September 2012).
Source: nationsonline.org (access date: 1 September 2012).