chapter  6
10 Pages

The anti-apologies/conservative apologia

By 1994, it seemed that Japan was moving resolutely in the direction of full acknowledgment and settlement of wartime issues. Prime Minister Kaifu had resolved many of the outstanding contemporary issues with the Korean government-Sakhalin refugees, the status of Koreans living in Japan, and A-bomb victims. Following the disclosures concerning the “comfort women,” Prime Minister Miyazawa had apologized to Korea in early 1992 and Japan had made two additional apologies after investigation. In 1993, Prime Minister Hosokawa had acknowledged Japanese aggression and colonial rule in several apology statements. Plans for some kind of compensation for the comfort women were under discussion.