Target: Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Goal: Applaud remorseful apology for atrocities committed during colonial period and World War II
In an upcoming speech Shinzo Abe, the current prime minister of Japan, will apologize for the atrocities Japan committed during its colonial period and World War II. The announcement of the speech also said it will include a commitment to peace moving forward. Since the end of World War II, Japan has been a pacifist nation, but the wounds of its past are deep and many in Korea and China still harbor grudges. This speech will hopefully ameliorate some of the tensions between the nations and Prime Minister Abe deserves our commendation for pushing towards global peace.
During its colonial period Japan did an enormous amount of damage to countries in East and Southeast Asia; Korea and China in particular suffered greatly under Japanese rule. Korean women were forced into sex slavery, Korean palaces and heritage sites were razed to the ground, and thousands of people were even forced to change their names to Japanese. In China, hundreds of thousands of people were raped and murdered by the Japanese army between World War I and World War II. These horrific acts continued and even more were committed during World War II including: torture, looting, rape, use of chemical weapons, and mistreatment of prisoners of war.
This apology has been a long time coming and while it cannot undo the past atrocities that were committed, it can at least begin the healing process. Hopefully, Japan’s new attitude toward diplomatic relations and world peace will serve to ease some of the tensions that still remain around the world. Please sign below to commend Prime Minister Abe for taking responsibility and apologizing for a terrible time in Japan’s past. The march toward global peace is slow but apologies like this speed things up immensely.
Dear Prime Minister Abe,
I am writing today to commend you on your intention to deliver an apology to those that Japan harmed during its colonial period and into World War II. While people understand that the current people of Japan had nothing to do with the atrocities that Japan committed during those times, your apology will surely help the healing process. Many in Korea and China still harbor a great deal of resentment for their horrific treatment and I hope that this action can bring them some peace.
I also want to commend you on your intention to commit more fully to global peace. As you well know these are tumultuous times in international relations and your commitment will surely add weight to the voices of those already calling for a more peaceful world. Japan’s pacifism has been a refreshing viewpoint since 1945 and I hope that it will remain so for many years to come. Once more, thank you for taking responsibility for the actions of someone else and allowing the healing to begin.
[Your Name Here]
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