Japan will not follow Germany's model of post-war dealings: AbeUpdated: 2014-05-01 21:57:24 KST
Speaking to a German daily Wednesday before his trip to Frankfurt, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country would not follow Germany's post-war track.
Answering a question posed by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's about whether Tokyo should benchmark Germany when dealing with its historical wrongs, Abe said the two situations are completely different.
Since World War II, Germany has provided full compensation to neighboring countries and published textbooks that reveal the horrors that German leaders perpetrated.
It's also apologized for its past wrongdoings.
But Prime Minister Abe said that neighboring European nations had one common goal in mind, that being an integrated Europe.
He said that is not the case for Asia.
Abe added that Japan and its neighbors had already come to an agreement on compensation measures.
The prime minister then turned his attention to the current tensions in Northeast Asia, blaming them on Japan's neighbors.
He said the door to talks remains open, but that they should begin without preconditions.
Abe's comments are once again raising eyebrows about Japan's sincerity to improve relations in the region.
The Japanese leader criticized China for beefing up its military might, saying it would not serve to help Asia's economic development.
He was responding to Chinese President Xi Jinping's remarks that criticize Abe's recent moves to the right.
Prime Minister Abe left for a six-nation trip through Europe on Tuesday, where trade and security issues will dominate discussions.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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