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Abe’s strategy has been to keep his opinions to himself about Japan’s actions in the 1930s and 1940s.

Conservative politicians have caused diplomatic problems with several Asian countries, particularly China and South Korea, by saying that Japan’s military actions in the 1930s and 1940s were not aggression, but self-defense. Some old-guard conservatives even try to publicly justify Japan’s invasion of China and the colonization of the Korean Peninsula.

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