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Famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami expressed sorrow during a radio program aired Friday over the loss of young lives in a war started by old people, calling for peace amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“In a war started by the older generation, it’s the younger generation that give up their lives. That’s the way it’s been for a long time, and it’s truly heartbreaking,” Murakami said on the special program broadcast by Tokyo FM.

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