Nor did Abe on Tuesday.
No apology needed, said Alfred Rodrigues, 96, a U.S. Navy veteran who survived what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called a “date which will live in infamy.”
“War is war,” Rodrigues said as he looked at old photos of his military service. “They were doing what they were supposed to do, and we were doing what we were supposed to do.”
Abe’s visit is not without political risk given the Japanese people’s long, emotional reckoning with their nation’s aggression in the war. Though the history books have largely deemed Pearl Harbor a surprise attack, Japan’s government insisted as recently as this month that it had intended to give the U.S. prior notice that it was declaring war and failed only because of “bureaucratic bungling.”
“There’s this sense of guilt, if you like, among Japanese, this ‘Pearl Harbor syndrome,’ that we did something very unfair,” said Tamaki Tsukada, a minister in the Embassy of Japan in Washington. “I think the prime minister’s visit will in a sense absolve that kind of complex that Japanese people have.”
Since the war, the U.S. and Japan have built a powerful alliance that both sides say has grown during Obama’s tenure, including strengthened military ties. Both Obama and Abe were driving forces behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping free trade deal now on hold because of staunch opposition by Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.
Moving beyond the painful legacy of the war has been easier for Japan and the U.S. than for Japan and its other former foes, such as South Korea and China. As Abe arrived in Hawaii, Beijing dismissed as “wishful thinking” the notion that Japan could “liquidate the history of World War II” by visiting Pearl Harbor.
“Japan can never turn this page over without reconciliation from China and other victimized countries in Asia,” said Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman.
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There’s Edward Mujica with his crazy low walk total, but appearing nowhere else. (He doesn’t crack the top 10 in ERA+, for example.) There’s Ryan Franklin with the fourth-best ERA+ (214 in 2009) but he too has only cameos in the other rankings. Jason Motte had the one exceptional full year at closer, especially when it came to strikeout rates (30.8 percent of the batters he faced!), but also doesn’t crack the top 10 in ERA+. Al Hrabosky's season in 1975 flits in and out of the rankings, too, ranking high in ERA (2nd) and low in K/9 (20th) and other peripherals. Two other closers appear regularly, like Rosenthal: Lindy McDaniel and Bruce Sutter.
McDaniel, the least familiar of these closers because of his era. His best year was also the first year of the save stat, 1960, so his career with the Cardinals (1955-62) pre-dates the role as we know it now and the stat that defines it. Save didn't become an official stat until 1969. With today's definitions retroactively applied, his ’60 was impressive. He is the only 20-save closer with 100 strikeouts for the Cardinals, and in 1960 he led the league with 27 saves. He was an All-Star that year and finished third in Cy Young Award voting and fifth in the MVP. He threw 116 1/3 innings and had a 195 ERA+. His WHIP of 0.937 is also impressive, and those 12 wins are nice accessories.
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