September 16, 2013
Historians in Japan and China Vow to Resist Revisionist Efforts
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Shin Kawashima recalls his heart sinking with the election of Shinzo Abe as Japanese prime minister last December. A specialist in Asian diplomatic history at the University of Tokyo, Mr. Kawashima, an associate professor, has spent years trying to narrow the gap between Japan's and China's strikingly different interpretations of wartime history. The election could undo much of this work, he fears. "If we think about what could happen over the next few years, it's frightening."