Does It Matter Whether Japan Says Sorry for Its Wartime Behavior?
Especially galling to many was how the Japanese military forced thousands of Korean and Chinese women — euphemistically known as “comfort women” — into sexual slavery.
Dismantling of the business conglomerates ceased, new laws strengthened state control over the economy, and Washington rehabilitated some members of the Japanese wartime government.
A haven for revisionist views of Japanese wartime history, the LDP has dominated Japanese politics, controlling a majority in the legislature for all but four years since its founding.
Despite resistance from the conservatives, foreign pressure has prompted high-ranking Japanese officials to offer multiple apologies for Japan’s wartime aggression and atrocities.