Editorial Racing Against Time

More than seven decades have passed since WWII ended, yet the Japanese government still has not apologized for the massive and inhumane atrocities the Japanese Army committed all over Asia during WWII.  One by one, all the former sex slaves, euphemistically also known as comfort women, will die within a few more years.  Similarly all the former slave laborers, or the survivors of the biological/chemical weapons of mass destruction, or the survivors of the Nanking Massacre will die before any of them has a chance to hear their long awaited wish:  an apology from the Japanese government.

We have often heard that the Japanese government has already apologized several times.  However, whenever some Japanese government leader has offered some sort of apology, later that person or some other government leader would make statements contrary to that earlier apology.  Furthermore, no apology has ever come from the Japanese National Diet, the highest government organization in Japan.  In addition, the true history of the Japanese government’s involvement in those kinds of atrocities has not been taught in Japanese schools since the early 1980s, resulting in generations of Japanese without any knowledge of that part of history.

Within a few years, there will no longer be any living survivors.  Therefore, it becomes even more important for the world to hear and document that part of history.  This is what organizations like NJ-ALPHA are trying to do. Unfortunately, we are racing against time.

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