November 24, 2012

Japan's Troubling Rightward Shift

JoongAng Daily, JoongAng Daily

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Shinzo Abe, head of the right-wing opposition Liberal Democratic Party, is expected to become prime minister for the second time if his party wins next month’s parliamentary election. Abe, the grandson of a World War II minister and convicted war criminal, unsurprisingly announced a far-right platform on foreign and defense affairs. He promised to take concrete steps to strengthen Japan’s control over islands in territorial disputes with China and Korea and reviewed an earlier statement in which the Tokyo government admitted the imperial Japanese military’s involvement in recruiting young girls from Korea and other parts of Asia to provide sex services for Japanese soldiers during the war.

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