February 24, 2014

Is Abe Encouraging Japan's Nut Jobs?

William Pesek, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

When Abe and his ilk explain why Japan should be able to honor its dead soldiers and rewrite its pacifist constitution, they highlight how their nation has been a model global citizen. The argument is not without merit. For 68 years now, Japan has been a peaceful, generous, and reasonably cooperative power.

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