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PacNet #41A – Nationalism isn’t an issue in Japan

As Japan commemorated the anniversary of the end of the Great East Asia War Aug. 15 and renewed, in a mild manner, its claim on Takeshima (Dokdo to Koreans) we can expect more Asians — and some Americans — to warn against the dangers of rising Japanese nationalism. What is striking, however, is the absence of nationalism in Japan compared to its Chinese and Korean neighbors and its U.S. ally.