How History Haunts Shinzo Abe’s Vision for Japan

April 26, 2015 10:49 PM

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How History Haunts Shinzo Abe’s Vision for Japan

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington, he must sell Americans on his vision of a newly vibrant Japan while quelling doubts about his views on World War II

TOKYO—When Shinzo Abe goes to Washington for a pomp-filled visit this week, the Japanese leader faces a delicate balancing act: selling Americans on his vision of the future—a newly vibrant, muscular, more equal Japanese partner—while trying to quell doubts stoked by his views of the past.

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