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Politics

Playing politics with the past leads to predicaments in the future

Memories of World War II are far more fraught in Northeast Asia than in Southeast Asia. Japan's wartime record continues to be a serious complication to its relations with China and South Korea. It barely figures in Tokyo's relations with the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Yet the Imperial Japanese Army behaved with great brutality throughout Asia. What accounts for the difference?

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