Quotation from Daily Yomiurion Online (Yomiuri Newspaper, Tokyo, Japan) September 6, 2007.
U.S. House thanks Japan for help in Afghanistan, Iraq
Aya Igarashi Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent
At its Wednesday afternoon plenary session, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution expressing gratitude to Japan for its contribution to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Passed 405-0, the resolution also called Japan one of the most credible security partners for the United States.
The U.S. lower house in late July adopted a resolution condemning Japan and demanding an apology from Tokyo over the issue of so-called comfort women during World War II.
Some U.S. politicians voiced concern that this might deepen an impression that the U.S. Congress was hostile toward Japan.
To redress the balance, the new resolution was introduced to emphasize the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance.
Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., submitted the resolution, which was seconded by more than 40 members, including Michael Honda, D-Calif., a Japanese-American who submitted the comfort women resolution.
During a debate ahead of the vote, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, ranking Republican member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the United States was deeply grateful to Japan for the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s logistic support in the Indian Ocean.
She said Washington hoped the MSDF’s operations, conducted under the Antiterrorism Special Measures Law, would continue.
Govt welcomes resolution
In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano welcomed the U.S. House resolution praising the bilateral alliance at a press conference Thursday.
“It indicates that the U.S. House recognizes the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance. I welcome it,” he said.
(Sep. 7, 2007)
It is a trivial deception.
The Japanese Government welcomed this as a matter of courtesy, but reaction of Japanese citizen is cold.
Regarding the comfort women resolution, the impression of the U.S. Congress which Japanese most felt is not only “the U.S. Congress was hostile toward Japan”. It is “stupidity” which does not identify the facts. And “arrogance” which it ignores own acts, and criticize another person.
Study the facts of the comfort women issue neatly if there is time to do such a trivial thing.