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When Abe was 6 years old, he often visited his grandfather’s residence in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, where rioters opposed to the new treaty set fire to pieces of paper and flung them into the garden.

“Since I was a kid, I have known that my grandfather was called the ’embodiment of conservativeness’ and ‘a wire puller in the political world,’ ” Abe wrote in his recently published book “Utsukushii kuni e” (“To the Beautiful Country”). He continued, “I felt repelled, so that’s why I feel rather close to conservatism.”

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