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Japan must not leave Putin off the guest list for Abe's funeral

Kishida should seize chance for talks as West lacks strategy to end Ukraine war

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Vladimir Putin in Osaka in June 2019: One crucial name appears to be missing from the guest list.   © Reuters

Masahiro Matsumura is professor of international politics and national security at the faculty of law of St. Andrew's University in Osaka.

The state funeral next month of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to draw a range of high-profile current and former national leaders from around the world, including U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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