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Japan-US security treaty turns 60, sheds light on 'new Cold War'

Lesson from Abe's grandfather vital as Tokyo navigates Washington-Beijing rift

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference on May 25 in Tokyo. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The ordinary session of Japan's parliament, which has been preoccupied with the new coronavirus outbreak, closed on Wednesday without extending its session. Coincidentally, it was about sixty years ago that Japan was in the midst of another crisis, this one concerning the Diet's approval of the revised Japan-U. S. security treaty.

The amendment of the treaty, into which then-Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi -- grandfather of the current premier Shinzo Abe -- put his whole soul, was a product of the Cold War between the U.S. and now-defunct Soviet Union.

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