Many reviewers here are totally biased, Japan did apologized and compensated many Asian Nations. Well Germany too hasn't apologized for all of their war crimes, so it's better for Angela Merkel to avoid interfering . Also, Japan did apologize for its past war aggression and colonization to Asian nations. Still it has to do more, but many think that it didn't apologize. Japan paid US$200 million for Burma (former nation of Myanmar) with the treaty on November 5 1951. To The Philippines, Japan paid US$550 million along with the compensation agreement on May 9 1956. To Indonesia, Japan paid US$223 million along with the compensation agreement on January 20 1958. To Vietnam, Japan paid US$38 million along with the compensation agreement on May 13 1959. At the Treaty on relations between Japan and S.Korea in 1965, Japan paid $500 million, and also provided $300 million loans. Also, Japan has transferred all of its overseas assets in China, Korea and Taiwan as compensations which now have a value of $328 billion (2013). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_San_Francisco#Compensation_to_Allied_civilians_and_POWs) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Basic_Relations_between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea) More over, Japan did apologize to Asian nations. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan) For the issue of comfort women Japan did paid compensations to South Korea, Taiwan, The Philippines, Indonesia and The Netherlands while China refused (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Women's_Fund) Japan has signed the Joint Communiqué of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China, where Japan has apologized to China for its colonial rule. China has renounced right for war reparations from Japan. Read about (Joint Communiqué of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China) on:- (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Communiqué_of_the_Government_of_Japan_and_the_Government_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China) Japan has also signed peace treaty with China Read on:- (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Peace_and_Friendship_between_Japan_and_the_People's_Republic_of_China) Finally, Japan did assisted China and South Korea economically, but there is a huge anti-Japanese sentiment in both nations supported by their politicians and the China's communist party. Visiting the Yasukuni shrine, amending the constitution and increasing the defense budget are all a Japanese internal matter, nor China, South Korea and The USA has the right to condemn Japan.
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To sangetsu03 We can't compare the US to Japan, as the Japanese economy depends only on exports while the American economy depends on several categories, such as tourism, agriculture ,raw materials and energy exports therefore enabling the US economy to overcome financial crisis, as you said before. Also, the United States of America has a growing population due to easy emigration regulations, which enables foreign people to be US citizens.Furthermore, the Japanese can't apply these method as it would have a great impact on their culture and would increase crime rates. What I want to say is that we should wait and see the results of Abenomics firstly and then judge. I really do appreciate your civilized way of commenting.
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To sangetsu03 Well Abenomics has proven success until now, so we can't judge on the future and say Oh Abenomics is a big failure. Also, when Abenomics fail you can say whatever you want. We still haven't seen the impact of rising the Consumption tax next April from 5% to 8%, which would contribute in slashing Japan budget deficit. Furthermore, Japan has suffered from a lot of crisis, such as 1997 asset bubble, 2008-2011 financial crisis and the great tohoko earthquake followed by Fukushima nuclear meltdown in 2011, so it's normal for the Japanese economy to suffer after those catastrophes. Finally, we haven't seen yet Mr Shinzo Abe's plan for the womens participation in the workforce, therefore it's better to see and wait before criticizing. Thanks for your reply.
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To all of those who criticize Abenomics, Abenomics is not only about fiscal measure and depreciating yen , abenomics is a new growth strategy which focuses on graping the Japanese economy out of the lost decades. Also, you should read more before posting useless comments. Read (http://www.nippon.com/en/features/h00042/) which tells everything about Abenomics. Mr Shinzo Abe brought growth to Japan after 3-4 months from the the day he was in power. Not like Barack Obama , European leaders and David Cameron who just can't bring their economies out of recession.[ Note that they have used quantitative easing like BOJ.]
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