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外交専門サイトはどう評価するのかとForeign Affairsにアクセスしてみたところ、次のステップをすでに考えていました。今度は安倍首相がパールハーバーを訪問すべきだというのです。

Abe Should Visit Pearl Harbor
How the United State and Japan Can Strengthen Ties

By Zach Przystup

It is important that an Obama visit to Hiroshima send the right message, highlighting the beginning of a new chapter in U.S.-Japanese relations above all else. Therefore it is important that both sides craft a narrative that dispels as much partisanship as possible. To do so, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should attend memorial services for the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks later this year as a show of goodwill in return for any similar U.S. gesture. For Abe, this would have a number of strategic benefits.

Attending the Pearl Harbor memorial services would also help Abe deflect attention from some of his more controversial actions, such as his December 2013 visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. Abe ignored stern warnings from the United States and touched off a historical row with China and South Korea by visiting the memorial to Japan’s war dead, which also honors convicted war criminals who committed atrocities against Chinese and Korean citizens. Beijing and Seoul lodged diplomatic protests, and officials in China summoned the country’s ambassador, Masato Kitera. It could also help silence the criticism that Abe encountered when he convened a government panel in 2014 that needlessly reexamined Japan’s landmark apology to comfort women in 1993. The official purpose was to take a thorough look at the research and diplomacy that led to its creation, but the action created the perception that Tokyo wanted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the policy, even though Japan said it would not recall the statement.


今回の広島訪問は安倍首相が同行すると言われていますし、今年は真珠湾攻撃から75周年でメモリアルな年だそうですし、この路線で進められているのかもしれません。原爆を謝らなくていいという元米軍兵士は日本人には理解できなかったのですが、真珠湾攻撃の謝罪という問題をあげられて初めて元米軍兵士の気持ちはこういうものかもしれないと思いました。正直今まで真珠湾攻撃を公式に謝罪すべきだと思っていませんでしたから。。。
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