Will Japan and China Ever Make Up?

While governments should lead the process of reconciliation by taking genuine steps toward transitional justice, individuals also play significant roles. Public opinion, if strong enough, can counter the political calculations that impede peace building. In a democratic country such as Japan, a ruling party is subject to regular elections in which public opinion can sway leaders to change government policies. In China, it would be up to the government to rein in the nationalism it has unleashed.

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