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Japan's Diet Debates WWII as Nationalism Clouds Abenomics

As Japan girds for a wallop to spending from a looming sales-tax increase, discussion in the nation’s parliament turns to history -- not to 1997, when the last bump in the levy helped trigger a recession, but to 1937.

Opposition lawmaker Hiroshi Oogushi asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Feb. 12 whether remarks made by one of his appointees denying the 1937 massacre of Chinese in Nanjing posed a problem. Abe responded that it wasn’t appropriate to comment on something said in a personal capacity.