Regarding the story “Abe, Merkel disagree on world economy” in the May 7 edition, it seems paradoxical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can’t stop pushing his failed economic policies wherever he goes when no amount of rhetoric can ever plug all the gaping holes in his feeble Abenomics.

And as if to confirm his self-serving tunnel vision, he has spared no effort or shame to meet the Russian leader in a blatant snub to all other leading world powers simply to inflate his image at home.

It is reminiscent of another shameless Japanese leader, Kakuei Tanaka, who disgraced his country but was forgiven for re-establishing relations with China.

Until the Japanese public can distinguish between wrong and right in their leaders, history will just continue to repeat itself.

With the imminent dismantling of Japan’s peaceful Constitution, the terrible consequences of this cultural defect in Japan’s political morality may be closer than expected.


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