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AbeShinzo2Who started World War II? We thought that one belonged to the Department of Settled Questions, along with any lingering doubts about whether the Earth orbits the sun. But Japan’s Shinzo Abe has a fresh, er, interpretation.
“The definition of what constitutes an ‘invasion’ has yet to be established in academia or in the international community,” the Prime Minister told the Japanese Diet Tuesday. “Things that happened between nations will look different depending on which side you view them from.”
Mr. Abe’s foray into historical relativism will come as news to survivors of Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March or the Rape of Nanjing. Much of the world long ago forgave Japan its wartime atrocities. But it hasn’t forgotten them.
Meantime, the Prime Minister’s remarks come as the Korean crisis isn’t over, and as China tests Japan over its possession of the Senkaku islands (Diaoyu to the Chinese). Japan is a democracy and an ally, but Mr. Abe’s disgraceful remark will make his country no more friends abroad.

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    One Man’s Invasion Is …

    Japan’s Prime Minister reinterprets the history of World War II

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