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 (Opinion) Japan's Deep Unease Skews Views on China

2016-04-14 09:10:34       source:Global Times

April 13, 2016

"We interviewed Yukio Hatoyama, former Japanese prime minister, on the afternoon of the very day that we arrived in Japan.

Hatoyama is known as a 'pro-China' politician. In 2009 after he was elected as prime minister, he pledged not to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, which enshrines Japanese war criminals responsible for atrocities during WWII. In 2013, he said the Japanese government should admit that there is a substantial territorial dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu Islands in China.

I asked Hatoyama two questions: Why can't his point of view about Japan's aggressive history be more widely accepted in Japan? And how to deliver an accurate view of history to the Japanese?"

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