Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States

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Apologizing for history has become a standard feature of the international political scene, and interrogating this process is crucial to understanding the value of the political apology to the state. When governments apologize for past crimes, they take away the substance of apology that victims originally wanted for themselves. They rob victims of the dignity they seek while affording the state a new means with which to legitimize itself. Examining the interplay between political apology and apologetic history, Alexis ...