Japan's nationalist prime minister wants to revise war apology Japan's landmark apology to the people of Asia for the Second World War could be revised, the country's new nationalist prime minister has warned. Shinzo Abe stated his intention to rethink the 1995 apology, given on the 50th anniversary of the war, but avoided specific details. In an interview with the conservative Sankei newspaper, Mr Abe said: "I want to make a statement that is forward-facing and appropriate for the 21st century." He added that he would consult experts about the details and timing of a revised statement. Revising the 1995 apology for suffering caused in Asia during the war, which was isued by then prime minister Tomic Murayama, would provoke outrage from Japan's neighbours, particularly China and the Koreas, which endured years of brutal Japanese rule. The Right-wing prime minister also discussed the right of nations to collective self-defence, changes to Japan's pacifist constitution, as well as the ongoing territorial dispute with China over the Senkaku islands (known as the Diaoyu islands in Beijing). He focused on the situation whereby Japan cannot currently act to defend itself under the universally enshrined rights of the United Nations' Article 51. The grandson of former Prime Minister and war cabinet minister Nobusuke Kishi, Mr Abe said it "is a possibility" that Japanese bureaucrats might be stationed on the disputed islands. Such a move would escalate tensions between the two regional powers. Prime Minister Abe is well known for his controversial stance on Japanese war history and provoked outrage in March 2007 when he stated that so-called "comfort women" were not coerced into becoming the sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army. Japan's nationalist prime minister wants to revise war apology - Telegraph ************************************** Japan is no pushover. If it moves on the militarist way, then it will be a force to reckon with. Japanese were contended with the pacifist approach of Japan so far, but given the realtime threat of China's sabre rattling, it is obvious that the Japanese would look towards self preservation. Therefore, Prime Minister Abe will find many supporters. He will surely cut a deal with Korea,but will not be very amendable to China, given that China's aggressive actions in the South China Sea is endangering and destabilising the whole region. Abe will surely be covertly encouraged by the US who has had about enough of China and its muscle flexing aimed to destabilise the region and stamp itse hegemonic and imperialist pursuits. The rise of militarist Japan and the loose alliance the US is trying to cobble up will surely thwart China imperialistic aims and the noose around China will get tighter than ever before.