Editorial Board

Abe Has to Look Beyond World War II

If Japan's prime minister wants to ensure that his country has the strength to respond to 21st-century threats, he'll have to stop relitigating history.

Abe should leave history to historians.

Photographer: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Imagers

Watching Islamic State militants behead two Japanese hostages in quick succession has reinforced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conviction that Japan needs to revise its pacifist postwar constitution. If he wants to ensure that his country has the strength to better respond to 21st-century threats, however, Abe will first have to stop relitigating the past.

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