Abe remark belies his refinement

Regarding the Dec. 10 article, “Taiwan president Ma urges Japan to apologize for using sex slaves during WWII“: Like many Japanese politicians with a remarkable education, Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe appears to be a gentleman. But his remarks are often unexpectedly shocking, especially one about the “comfort women,” whose lives were barbarically traumatized.

Shouldn’t a worthy gentleman be thoughtful, responsible and valiant? Look at how admirably sincere the post-World War II German governments have been in their efforts to assuage the suffering of millions of victims of the Nazi-launched war in Europe.

peter chao
taipei

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