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» Haruki Murakami chided Japan for shirking responsibility for WWII as well as Fukushima disaster

Writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression as well as the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In an interview published in the Mainichi newspaper, the 65-year-old author said: “No one has taken real responsibility for the 1945 war end or the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear accident. I feel so.

“After the war, it was eventually concluded that no one was wrong,” Murakami said of what he called the pervasive attitude in the country.

Japanese people have come to consider themselves as “victims” of the war, he added.

Murakami, who has repeatedly been tipped as a future winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, said that it is natural for China and the two Koreas to continue to feel resentment toward Japan for its wartime aggression.

“Fundamentally, Japanese people tend not to have an idea that they were also assailants, and the tendency is getting clearer,” he said.

The country’s alleged lack of repentance over its behavior in the first half of the 20th century continues to strain relations with regional neighbors.

Murakami also said Japan did not seriously pursue answers to who really was responsible for the 2011 nuclear crisis, choosing instead to blame the disaster on uncontrollable natural events.

“I’m afraid that it can be understood that the earthquake and tsunami were the biggest assailants and the rest of us were all victims. That’s my biggest concern,” he said.
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Murakami chides Japan for ignoring role in WWII, Fukushima disaster (Japan Times)




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