Honesty, Generosity Key in Postwar Reconciliation, Says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

March 9, 2015 10:28 AM

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Honesty, Generosity Key in Postwar Reconciliation, Says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Tokyo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel waded into the fraught area of wartime forgiveness during a visit to Japan today, saying that "facing history squarely" and "generous gestures" are necessary to mend ties.

Merkel was speaking in Tokyo ahead of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II, in which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative views on Tokyo's war crimes are under scrutiny, and as China and South Korea continue to call for ever more contrition.

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