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For Rana Mitter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The Manchuria crisis revisited

Commentary / Japan Sep 17, 2021

The Manchuria crisis revisited

The Chinese have not forgotten Japan's 14-year occupation of Manchuria. In fact, official Chinese doctrine establishes the 1931 Manchurian Incident as the beginning of WWII.

Commentary / World Sep 7, 2015

Beijing's history narrative

The grand parade in the center of Beijing on Sept. 3 to commemorate the end of World War II in China highlighted two contradictory narratives, both immensely important for understanding the country's future path.

Commentary / Japan Feb 4, 2014

Saving Japan and China from a dangerous new conflict

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had hoped to herald his economic reform program at Davos last week. Instead, his mention of tensions between China and Japan exposed the lack of multilateral institutions like those created in Western Europe after 1945 to settle Northeast Asian disputes.

Commentary / Japan Aug 16, 2013

The shadow from Yasukuni

Just as Japanese conservatives are taken to task for refusing to acknowledge their country's colonial horrors, so China would do well to expand discussion of its own history.