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Shinzo Abe is gearing up for a crushing victory in the Upper House elections this month, which will put him in a good position to fulfill his dreams of changing Japan’s U.S.-imposed “colonial constitution” and restoring the country’s “greatness.” Abe should think carefully before he takes bold or radical strides along these lines.

I hope that some well-wisher who cares about the future of Japan and of Asia will buy the Japanese prime minister a copy of professor Rana Mitter’s new book about the turbulent years in China from 1937 to 1945.*

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