The last World War should be over for Germany. She has apologised, made reparations and banned items and organizations associated with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Nazism is illegal in Germany. Her President has made a moving statement of remorse in the Knesseton behalf of the German people.
President Horst Koehler said “Germany accepts its guilt for the Holocaust and stands side by side with Israel. The Holocaust was part of Germany's identity and that [Germany] would fight any new anti-Semitism”
By stark contrast, Japan has failed miserably to match her Axis partner’s remorse for her equally brutal WWII atrocities such as the Nanjing Massacre and the comfort women (or sex slaves for Japanese soldiers).
Till today, Japan has never extended a full apology to China or Korea.
Au contraire, she continues to revere her war criminals at the highest official level and attempts frequently to revise her history covering the WWII period, by twisting facts to whitewash her aggression and brutalities.
The UN is now considering expanding the Security Council permanent members to 10 instead of its current 5. Though the new five members will enjoy permanent seats, they will not have veto powers unlike the original 5 (USA, Russia, China, France and Britain).
Some nations have been touted as possible candidates for these permanent seats, among whom are Germany and Japan. While the world in general will not object to Germany (other than the argument that there are too many European nations already), I have no doubt many will not take kindly to the elevation of Japan, principally because of her lack of genuine remorse for her savage atrocities during WWII.
Can a nation that has consistently refused to acknowledge her dark past (like Germany has) be accepted as a leading citizen of the world?