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Lee Kuan Yew and Japan

The Japanese government announced earlier this month that it will posthumously confer the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, one of the country's highest honors, on former Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died last year on March 23. The announcement presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the late statesman's views on Japan's role in international politics over more than half a century, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

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