Osaka Mayor Hashimoto’s recent comments and how much of a “tomodachi” we want to be with certain Japanese.

A very good AP piece by Mari Yamaguchi.

There’s been a few articles out there, reporting on the World War II views of newly influential Japanese leaders. Bloomberg did a piece hinting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s revisionism is hurting pan-Asian relations, and now Hashimoto Toru is sucking in media air with his controversial comments about Korean sex slaves during Japan’s 35-year-long brutal occupation of Korea (1910-1945).

A lot of Americans don’t know about that. We’re only taught that the Pacific War started with Pearl Harbor, and ended with Nagasaki.

From my perspective, the “essential” bilateral relationship between Japan and America is premised on the San Francisco Treaty (1952). That treaty, in turn, is supported by Japan’s 1947 Constitution. It’s one thing for there to be loudmouth politicians, spinning fantasy worlds of the 19th or early 20th centuries. It’s another thing to have revisionists in positions of power, rewriting history or attempting to turn back the clock to halcyon days that never existed.

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