Japanese ex-PM Hatoyama prays for forgiveness at Nanjing

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    Hatoyama in China | Photos | Kyodo News

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    Former Japanese PM prays at Nanjing memorial - Globaltimes.cn

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    Glad to see that there are still diplomatically-inclined members of the Japanese establishment around. Still, it's unfortunate that Hatoyama did not do this while an active Prime Minister. If Abe can do a similar gesture and backpedal on the Diaoyu Islands dispute, it would go a long way toward resolving the current impasse in Sino-Japanese relations.

    Such a move would not be out of the ordinary for a head of government. It's what German chancellor Willy Brandt did in Poland, after all.

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