Monday, October 1, 2012

In 1988, Ronald Reagan gave an official apology to Japanese-Americans who had been interned by the United States government during World War II. The act granted each surviving internee about USD 20,000 in compensation, with payments beginning in 1990. The legislation stated that government actions were based on 'race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership' as opposed to genuine legitimacy. The US government apologized on behalf of the people of the United States for the evacuation, relocation, and internment of such citizens and permanent resident aliens. The US also made more credile and sincere any declaration of concern by the US over violations of human rights committed by their nations. Japan, too, has committed crimes against humanity. I hope to see Japan admit for their faults, and become a mature country fit for its title as an economic superpower. Japan's comfort women issue will not only put an end to the tension between Korea and Japan, but it will bring prosperity and cooperation between East Asian countries.

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