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Regarding Mizuho Aoki’s Jan. 29 article, “Abe pledges to ‘correct’ the record on wartime sex slaves“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a grave error when he says “being modest does not receive recognition in the international community.”

How very wrong he is. It is precisely this quality, when expressed resolutely and sincerely, that wins respect. He seems not to realize that if he, as a symbol of the nation, were to show even a morsel of sincere modesty, Japan’s standing would rise immeasurably in the world.

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