Japan’s Troubling Denial of Comfort Wom…

For the past year, Northeast Asia has been in the grip of a worsening spiral of tensions provoked by territorial disputes and nationalist statements by political leaders. Careful diplomacy to defuse the deepening crisis is urgently needed. So the announcement by Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on February 28 that the Japanese government intends to "review" the Kōno Declaration, widely seen as a landmark step towards reconciliation with its Asian neighbors, was greeted in many quarters with an astonishment that borders on disbelief.

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