2022 marks 50 years since Japan and China normalized diplomatic relations.

But after consideration of that concept and its history, the idea does not sit quite right.

It is fair to say this year is the 50th anniversary of the 1972 release of a joint communique by the governments of Japan and the People’s Republic of China for “the normalization of relations” to bring an end to “the abnormal state of affairs” that had existed between the two countries until then.