This is exactly where Japan's problem is. Some say that Japanese prime ministers have apologized repeatedly for WWII, so the past should no longer be an issue.
The road ahead will not be smooth, as there are still many challenges to be overcome. For the ruling Party to do a good job in governance, in advancing reform and opening-up, in promoting a healthy market economy and in dealing with an increasingly complicated external environment, those qualities will need to be demonstrated to the fullest.
In 2016, the Changjiang Nuclear Power Plant in western Hainan began full operation, with two 650,000 kilowatt-hour power generators. It became a new driver for local development, supplying 27 percent of the island's needs for electricity. It has turned the province into a leader in clean energy use.
More cruise routes will be opened under its plan to make Hainan a hub of international trade and shipping in the South China Sea region, the governor said.
Japan's attitude toward its heinous World War II history has long caused tension with its two main neighbors, China and the Republic of Korea. And there has been no sign that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to ease the tension in 2014; instead it looks like he intends to inflame it further.