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安倍総理の靖国参拝に関してラモス元大統領自身の考えを述べた記事です。
彼は記事の中ほどでこう述べています。

YES, WE STILL FEEL BAD ABOUT ALL THAT – BUT TODAY WE WOULD NOT WANT OUR BETTER FUTURE TO BE ENDANGERED OR COMPROMISED BY CONTINUED RESENTMENTS.

『それ(大戦時日本軍から受けた被害)に関して未だに我々の傷は癒えてはいない。でも今、長く鬱積した怒りによって、よりよい未来を危険にさらしたり汚したりしようとは思わない。』

はっきり言って、大したことは言ってはいないのですが、これが非常にわかりやすいコトの本質なのではないでしょうか。

『当時、日本軍がやったことは許せることではないし、フィリピンはとても傷ついた。でも、今の日本との関係や将来の日本との関係を思っているからこそ、顔を見るたびに文句を言ったりしないんだよ。』

と言ってくれているのです。
国同士の外交もいわば人との付き合いです。人と人との付き合いに妥協や許しが不可欠なことを、フィリピン人は本能的に知っている気がします。初対面であっても10年来の親友であるかのごとく付き合ってくれるフィリピン人という人付き合いに関しては天才的な国民ならではの自然な一言だと思います。

こういう他者からの許しに甘えて過去を忘れてよいわけではありませんが、多少はこういった「許し」がないとやっていけないなあ…というのは正直思います。普段の人間関係だってそうですよね。

過去の浮気をちくちくといつも責めてくるような恋人とは、こっちが悪いとはわかっていても、やっぱり一緒にいられない。みたいな。下世話な例えですが。

以下記事前文です。英語ネイティブではないフィリピン人が書いた英文なので、文体が教科書のようにシンプルで読みやすいです。

‘Cold War’ in Asia-Pacific? (Last of two parts)
by Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos
January 4, 2014
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The war of hot words and provocative actions between China and Japan continues without let-up. Of course, we’re only seeing the posturing by these powerful Asian powers as reported by diplomatic sources and conventional media.

What’s going on behind the bamboo curtains is not known to casual observers, but probably involves more undermining of each other’s position of influence in regional/global politics. That’s par for the course in an evolving “COLD WAR” – because in the 21st century, given the lethal power of today’s weapons of mass destruction − disputes have to be resolved through peaceful means, not through military force. There are no other ways to resolve them, except peacefully – unless the ultimate objective is global obliteration or mutually assured destruction.

Last 28 December 2013, Bloomberg reported: “For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to have gone to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo this week is especially inflammatory. Ever since 14 war criminals were ‘enshrined’ at Yasukuni in 1978, visits by Japanese officials have rightly infuriated Japan’s neighbors, who suffered brutal occupation during World War II. That’s why Japanese Emperors have not set foot in that Tokyo shrine ever since, and why Abe did not go there during his first stint as Prime Minister in 2006-2007. He deserved praise for this restraint, more than he ever received from leaders in Beijing and Seoul. By visiting the Shrine last 26 December, however, Abe lost any credit he might otherwise have earned. He did so just as Japan appeared to have regained the moral high ground in Northeast Asia – thanks to the equally confrontational behavior of his counterpart, Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

As a people who suffered terribly under Japanese occupation during WWII, shouldn’t Filipinos be likewise aggrieved and bitter like the Chinese seem these days? YES, WE STILL FEEL BAD ABOUT ALL THAT – BUT TODAY WE WOULD NOT WANT OUR BETTER FUTURE TO BE ENDANGERED OR COMPROMISED BY CONTINUED RESENTMENTS.

Bitter Memories Of World War II

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine (which honors some 2.5 million of Japan’s war dead including the “Class A” war criminals) drew a quick rebuke from China who warned that their already poor relations would worsen.

“The visit appears to be a departure from Abe’s ‘pragmatic’ approach…. It was the first visit by a sitting Prime Minister since PM Junichiro Koizumi went to Yusukuni in 2006 to mark the end of WWII. Visits to Yusukuni by Japanese politicians have long been a point of friction with China and South Korea because of Japan’s brutal aggression during WWII,” according to the Associated Press (27 December 2013).

Agence France Presse (27 December 2013) likewise reports: “China strongly condemned Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to the flashpoint Yasukuni Shrine, saying it glorified Japan’s ‘history of militaristic aggression…’ The essence of Japanese leaders’ visits to the Yasukuni Shrine is to beautify Japan’s history of militaristic aggression and colonial rule,’ Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, emphasizing that Abe was ‘brutally trampling on the feelings of the Chinese people and other victimized Asian countries.’ China’s ruling Communist Party seeks to bolster its public support by tapping into deep-seated resentment of Japan for its brutal invasion in the 1930s.”

By way of further retaliation, China’s Global Times suggested that high-profile Japanese politicians and other officials who have gone to Yasukuni should be barred from visiting China for five years.

State-run media also castigated Abe who had sought to shore up Japan’s military. “In the eyes of China, Abe – behaving like a political villain – is much like the terrorists and fascists on commonly seen blacklists,’’ the Global Times said (28 December 2013).

Japan-ASEAN Cooperation On Global Issues

To the credit of both Japan and ASEAN, they marked their 40th Anniversary Summit in Tokyo with a comprehensive Joint Statement on 14 December 2013. The gist of that communiqué follows:

“We recognized the important role that ASEAN and Japan could play to address regional and global challenges, and exchanged views on issues of common interest.
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