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16:39, August 02, 2007

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By voice votes, the United States House of Representatives on July 30 unanimously approved a bill on the condemnation of the Japanese during the Second World War for forcing women of other Asian countries as "comfort women." House of Representatives believe that the Japanese government should formally and explicitly admit the "comfort women" issue, apologize for this issue, and bear historical responsibility accordingly.

As a claim of justice and conscience, the bill was originally proposed by California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, an ethnic Japanese himself. This shows that claims and demands for justice and conscience even can transcend national, ethnic and racial boundaries.

However, the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary said: "The adoption of the bill is regrettable." In fact, it is "very regrettable" that a country like Japan lacks moral courage and cannot face the historical facts and the "darkest chapter" in its history.

If Japan feels ashamed for these dishonors and does not have the courage to face the facts of history, it at least can keep the silence. However, some Japanese people are even below this bottom line. June 14 this year, some Japanese published advertising in the "Washington Post" and defamed the "comfort women" survivors. This extremely stupid move has provoked widespread fury. Just like Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of House of Representatives Tom Lantos said, "Trying to shift the blame to the victims is really disgusting." As a response to these shameless acts, House of Representatives passed the bill in merely 35 minutes.

German Chancellor Willy Brandt fell to his knees at the commemoration to the Jewish victims in Poland. As a matter of fact, Germany has sincerely faced the history and shouldered the historical responsibility. As a result, it acquired recognition and forgiveness of the international community. Japan, however, dares not face the historical facts. Moreover, from time to time it repeats the "amnesia" and hurts the feelings of the victims by giving shameless acts. Thus in a long time, it is in a passive position in both historical and moral court.

The bill passed by the US House of Representatives serves as a strong signal indicating that Japan's erroneous view of history is causing more international rebound. This is only a beginning. Japan is facing an unavoidable moral choice, as well as a choice for deciding the future path of the country.

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