Nationalism in Japan
The rightward trend in Japanese politics is very disconcerting, and leaders like Toru Hashimoto and Shintaro Ishihara are posing a great danger to the peace and harmony of the region ["A Wave of Patriotism," Dec. 17]. The Senkaku-Diaoyu controversy worsened when Ishihara announced Japan would buy the islands, leading to an immense disturbance between his country and China, not only in political but also economic terms, which affects the lives of people in both nations. Some nationalistic views about Japanese history pervading today are far-fetched or distorted. An impartial reading of history is the need...

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