Get out your violins, folks—Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda complained to the Wall Street Journal that Korean criticism of Japan’s insufficient atonement for the comfort women “hurt Japanese feelings”:
Japan is simultaneously ensnared in an increasingly bitter tiff with another neighbor, South Korea, both over a separate territorial argument, as well as a debate over whether Japan has made adequate amends for its World War II aggression. Mr. Noda made clear in the interview that his government had no intention of making the concessions Seoul has demanded as necessary for repairing diplomatic ties frayed in recent months, indicating an extended period of friction there as well.
Asked if he would consider providing new compensation for the so-called comfort women who served as sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers, Mr. Noda said firmly: “The matter is closed.” He said South Korean criticism that Japan’s previous offerings were insufficient “hurt the feelings of conscientious Japanese, and it is a pity.”
Conscientious Japanese, eh? I assume those would not include Prime Minister Noda, as nobody with a conscience—not even those who agree with the Japanese right’s take on the comfort women issue—would ever say such a thing.
Oh, and Noda says he’s taking his show on the road:
Facing some criticism at home that Japan hasn’t done enough to explain globally its side of its disputes with South Korea, Mr. Noda said: “We’ve been conducting backstage negotiations on the matter. We need to advertise this fact to the international community.”
For the record, I welcome this, especially in regards to the comfort women. The more the Japanese talk about it, the more the world throws up in their mouths.