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Abe can usher in new era of Asian ties with message of reconciliation

But it won't be an easy path for him, as he has to placate nationalist lobbies at home in war anniversary statement
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 05:50
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When he delivers his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is likely that Mr Abe will try to tread a tortuously fine line of compromise between the desire to appease domestic lobbies and regional neighbours, with which Japan must co-exist.

Tokyo

IT may be something of an exaggeration to say that the eyes and ears of the world will be trained on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, when he delivers a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is certainly true, however, that the gaze of

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