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Regarding the Nov. 7 Kyodo article “Japan, China engage in war of words at ASEM summit“, and the continuing dispute over the abduction in the past of Japanese nationals by North Korea, there are the following points to consider:

First, it is clear that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda fears the influence of Japan’s rightwing nationalists more than he does the wrath of China and South Korea. Noda appears to live with the hope that if he keeps repeating the mantra “There is no territorial dispute”, 1.3 billion Chinese will somehow accept it and drop their claim to the Senkaku Islands (called Diaoyu Islands in China).

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