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Japan Bond Requires Honesty About the Past

Military ties between the U.S. and Japan must be based on clear recollections.

Abe in America.

Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Seven decades after the end of World War II, the U.S. and Japan have agreed to significantly expand military cooperation. It shows, as President Barack Obama said Tuesday, "that the past can be overcome, former adversaries can become the closest of allies and that nations can build a future together." For the enhanced partnership between these former foes to succeed, however, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to do more than please the Pentagon. 

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