You may have become very suspicious of Japanese people today. It is such a pity for us, but you have rightly done so. The full-page advertisement on coercion of "Jugun Ianfu (sex slave)" on Washington Post http://nishimura-voice.up.seesaa.net/image/thefact_070614.jpg has enough impact to threaten the minds of people of conscience in the world.
It is not hard to imagine that this declaration surprised you so much that it made it difficult for you to understand its intention, especially for those who believes in freedom and democracy.
Now, we are concerned more than anything else, that you, our friends, may misunderstand how each Japanese is feeling about this issue.
In other words, to come to one conclusion which will be naturally drawn, based on the apology by Prime Minister Abe and the advertisement denying "coercion of sex slavery" endorsed by a number of politicians of both ruling and opposing parties, and well-known academicians and critics.
We are concerned that you may tragically judge that Japanese people are so insincere, that they would let the Prime Minister apologize, but in fact are not repentant at all.
As this news reveals, there are some Japanese who are so vile that refuse to repent of the past, shift the logic, trivialize the issue, and enhance own authority and deprive of power by justifying their own wrongdoings.
And this way of thinking has become deeply prevalent among politicians, mainstream media and some of wealthy people.
Unfortunately, this influence has been evident as seen in; - the dispatch of Self Defense Force (SDF) against peace group's activity in Henoko Okinawa, the habitat of dugong, the endangered sea mammal, - SDF's monitoring over legal political activities of citizens, - censorship on history textbook by Ministry of Education to deny military involvement on unprecedented group suicides during the WWII) These are illustrating the crisis of our democracy to the level that we have never experienced after the war.
This describes a unique situation of Japan today. Please take a look when you have time since it is a bit long.
To the peoples of the world, on May 3, 1947 right after the WWII, we the Japanese made an oath, by implementation of our constitution, so that we do not repeat the same mistake again.
That oath is still crystal-clear for us. We hope that you trust us in this regard. Please keep our appeal in your mind, and deliver it to as many people as possible.
We would like to close our message, with the Preface of Japanese Constitution.
PREFACE We, the Japanese people, acting through our duly elected representatives in the National Diet, determined that we shall secure for ourselves and our posterity the fruits of peaceful cooperation with all nations and the blessings of liberty throughout this land, and resolved that never again shall we be visited with the horrors of war through the action of government, do proclaim that sovereign power resides with the people and do firmly establish this Constitution. Government is a sacred trust of the people, the authority for which is derived from the people, the powers of which are exercised by the representatives of the people, and the benefits of which are enjoyed by the people. This is a universal principle of mankind upon which this Constitution is founded. We reject and revoke all constitutions, laws ordinances, and rescripts in conflict herewith. We, the Japanese people, desire peace for all time and are deeply conscious of the high ideals controlling human relationship and we have determined to preserve our security and existence, trusting in the justice and faith of the peace-loving peoples of the world. We desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace, and the banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance for all time from the earth. We recognize that all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want. We believe that no nation is responsible to itself alone, but that laws of political morality are universal; and that obedience to such laws is incumbent upon all nations who would sustain their own sovereignty and justify their sovereign relationship with other nations. We, the Japanese people, pledge our national honor to accomplish these high ideals and purposes with all our resources. We look forward to meeting you some time somewhere.