Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Regional responses to Abe's remarks on the comfort women issue
This BBC piece includes the opinions from Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Phillipino individuals regarding Prime Minister Abe's statements denying the Japanese government's role coercing and abducting of comfort women. Although the piece only includes interviews from one person from each country, the article provided interesting insight into how the level of development and class factored into the different perspectives represented. In the Phillipines, the media and people in general are more concerned with their own upcoming elections. As the Phillipines still receives Japanese aid, the Phillipino interviewee commented that they pose little political threat to Japan. For the working population in China, they are too busy with their own lives and problems to take issue with Abe's statements. Moreover, an outside observation noted that as China and Korea become more powerful economically, they will have the increading leverage to demand justice on this issue.