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70 Years Later, Japan Should Still Say It's Sorry

An apology for wartime misdeeds will help Shinzo Abe and his country move forward.

It seems to be the hardest word.

Photographer: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that when he commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Friday, he'd rather focus on the future than repeat the apologies of the past. That may sound reasonable to some ears. Seventy years, after all, is a long time. Yet Abe may be about to make a mistake.

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