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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's long-anticipated statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 14, 2015 was neither a breakthrough nor a failed attempt to whitewash Japan's history, as some critics have claimed. It should rather be seen as a carefully planned and executed act of diplomacy, seeking the middle ground with neighbouring ...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Territorial disputes over islands in the Sea of Japan have had profound effects on the political relationships between Japan and its neighbour, South Korea, which has added to China’s political clout in the region. Our series focusses on the changing nature of geopolitics in the region and the tensions over the disputed territories.