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Mark Selden, a historian at Cornell University, has suggested that Japan look toward seeking cooperation with its neighbors on environmental issues as a way to ease tensions heightened by the territorial disputes with China and South Korea.

“At a time when Japanese politics is in massive disarray . . . when the most extreme nationalist wing has just created a powerful new party, this is the worst possible time to move in the (territorial) conflict,” Selden said in a recent interview.

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