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Japan's PM Courts Old Dangers
By Wieland Wagner
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
17 January 2013
Japan's once and current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is determined to restore his country to its former greatness. But instead of focusing on its ailing economy, the nationalist leader is talking tough with its much stronger neighbors.
Before Japan's newly elected prime minister took office, he made a pilgrimage to the graves of his ancestors in Yamaguchi Prefecture, in southwestern Japan. He lit incense sticks and pressed his hands together in front of his chest. Then he told his supporters what he had pledged to the dead: "This time, I am determined to fulfill the mission."