The reason why I cared such thing is that I had a lecture in University. Although it seemed a very famous person that made the lecture(I heard he is the authority of peace study), the lecture was dull(苦笑い) Maybe, the reason is that his lecture was external because he didn't have enough time. But, one thing that he said scratched my mind.
He insisted that The Government of Japan should reconcile with east Asian countries like China and South Korea, and promote the framework of East Asian Community. And he also said that not governments but civil society is important in the process of reconcillation. He showed quite optimistic view about that comparing with the example of reconcillation between Germany and other countries like France and Belgium.
However, I don't think that reconcillation between Japan and neighbor countries will go well easily.
The biggest reason is that each present public opinion is inclining to negative one rather than friendly one. It is clear if you see the result of polls. Each country seems to be very stubborn in own history or own view of territorial problems or trivial national benefits despite that there will be a large benefit if they overcome those problems.
So, the main reason why each country shows such attitudes is, I guess, Globalization. Globalization have brought them many many things including both of benefits and damages. This is just my view, but is the problem unevern distribution of benefits and damages of globalization?
In Japan, big companies such as Toyota and Canon got large benefits of globalization. On the other hand, medium-sized and small companies are suffering because of competition with developing countries such as China and Thailand. In South Korea, big comanies like Samsung and LG Electronics have developed into multinational companies know to worldwide. However, the total economy of Korea are struggling to develop into so-called that of advanced countries. In China, people who live in coast areas got enormous benefits of globalization with huge investment from all over the world. But on the other hand, poverty gap are more and more expanding increasingly. Some people in China live as well as people in developed countries, other people in China live as well as people in Least developing countries.
Generally speaking, strong people are getting more strong, and weak people are getting less strong. Ofcourse, the number of "loser" is much bigger than that of "winner". The "losers" who lost or cannno get something important want SOMETHING to preserve their identities. I guess that the SOMETHING is nationality. The "losers" don't wanna lose anything, so nationalism gets more remakable. And don't remember the public opinion is formed by majority of society, in brief, "losers".
Well, now I'm not sure whether my logic is consistent or not (苦笑) Anyway, what I wanted to say is that reconsillation between Japan and other countries is difficult unless each countries solve their internai problems which are caused by globalization.