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Remembering Shinzo Abe's positive vision of liberal nationalism

The late prime minister should be credited for his recognition of Japan's faults

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Shinzo Abe's most important accomplishment was to continue postwar Japan's liberal democratic tradition of open public discourse.   © AP

Joseph Yi is an associate professor of political science at Hanyang University in Seoul.

Before his untimely death last month, Shinzo Abe was strongly criticized at home and abroad for his alleged determination to break postwar restraints and to assert a militarist, neo-imperialist Japan.

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