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Even in 1945, the emperor carefully refrained from admitting any war guilt, or even to admit that he was surrendering. ("The war situation," he said in one of history's greatest understatements, "has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage.") Since then it has only gotten worse, to the point where historians joke that most people know only two things about the Pacific War: that the Americans dropped and atomic bomb on Hiroshima, so the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
Prime Minster Abe even now is writing his apology, about which we know that it will anger Japanese nationalists while at the same time failing to satisfy any of Japan's neighbors. In South Korea, 98 percent of the population doesn't think previous apologies have gone far enough; in China, 78 percent think so. Elsewhere in Asia, the nay votes are under 50 percent, but only in Japan does a plurality (48 percent to 28 percent) think the country has apologized enough. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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