Koizumi’s apology for Japanese war crimes and atrocities in Jakarta will have to be tested with contrite action, as repudiating the revisionist Japanese history textbooks to “white-wash” historic wrongs as well as ending government honouring of Class A Japanese war criminals at Yasukuni Shrine
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s apology for Japanese war crimes and atrocities at the Bandung 50th Anniversary Asian-African Summit in Jakarta, which repeated the public apology of his predecessor Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in 1995 and Keizo Obuchi in 1998, while welcome will have to be tested with contrite action, in particular:
The preparedness of Koizumi to follow up his apology in Jakarta with appropriate contrite actions, including giving fair and just compensation to the victims of Japanese war crimes and atrocities, whether the “comfort women” forced into prostitution to “comfort” Japanese troops or civilian victims including in Malaysia and other South-east Asian nations, should be used as a yardstick to determine whether Japan deserves support for her bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.
Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman