Friday, April 26, 2013

Another Dishonest Abe

This one the War Street Journal will even report on. WSJ's Joseph Sternberg writes:

Dishonest Abe?

Talk about missing a good opportunity to keep quiet. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe—who in other news has been trying to revive his country's stagnant economy, manage a territorial dispute with China and stare down aggression from North Korea—was in the headlines again this week, but this time for all the wrong reasons. Apparently he couldn't resist offering a revisionist history lesson on World War II.

A controversy already had erupted over the weekend when members of parliament, including three cabinet ministers, visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine. Trips to the religious site are politically fraught since Japanese believe it houses the souls of war dead, including several alleged war criminals. In response to the uproar, Mr. Abe on Tuesday took to the floor of the Diet to question whether Japan had really "invaded" its neighbors in the run-up to the war. "The definition of what constitutes an 'invasion' has yet to be established in academia or in the international community," the Journal quoted Mr. Abe saying. "Things that happened between nations will look different depending on which side you view them from

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