January 24, 2014

Will Japan Abandon Pacifism?

Matt Ford, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

It wasn't a reassuring moment.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, compared recent tensions between China and Japan to the rivalry between the British and German empires at the start of the 20th century.

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