It would be best if Japan could find a way to rehabilitate their war dead. It is sad that they cant be remembered for their service except for the atrocities they committed. They are husbands, fathers, son, brothers, uncles etc. Dont forget many paid the ultimate price for the crimes they committed during the war. But I guess the first step to forgiveness is to aplogise.
September 6, 1997: Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said: "In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Government of Japan expressed its resolution through the statement by the Prime Minister, which states that during a certain period in the past, Japan's conduct caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, including China, and the Prime Minister expressed his feeling of deep remorse and stated his heartfelt apology, while giving his word to make efforts for peace. I myself was one of the ministers who was involved in drafting this statement. I would like to repeat that this is the official position of the Government of Japan. During the summit meeting that I had during my visit to China, I have made this point very clear in a frank manner to the Chinese side. Premier Li Peng said that he concurs completely with my remarks" (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Conference on: Visit of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to the People's Republic of China) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan#:~:text=September%206%2C%201997%3A%20Prime%20Minister,conduct%20caused%20tremendous%20damage%20and
Perhaps it is time to start using these souls who have already suffered twice (once when they committed these unspeakable acts and once when they were punished) for political football and to move on...
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Nuclear energy is a relatively inexpensive and usually safe form of energy. It is better for the environment than using carbon source such as coal and gas.
The Onagawa nuclear power plant passed the most important test of safety: experience. It survived the worlds largest earthquake and and a gigantic tsunami.
Praise must go to Yanosuke Hirai for advocating for the highest level of possible safety standard for Onagawa and Nigata Nuclear Power plants.
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Japan has relatively inexpensive electricity compared to other parts of the world. Nuclear energy is a better energy source to minimise the impact on global warming than carbon based energy sources such as coal and gas. While extremely high safety standards are essential, this reactor has survived the biggest earthquake in record history and a gigantic tsunami then it has passed the most important test of all, real life experience.
I would also want to acknowledge the hard work and foresight of this man Yanosuke Hirai whose advocay for higher than normal safety standards enabled this nuclear power plant to withstand the 3/11 earthquake, subsequent Tsunami and provide refuge for the people of Onagawa.
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