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Japan opposition fears Abe 'destabilizing' region

Banri Kaieda, head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, during an interveiw at the DPJ headquarters in Tokyo in July 2013Japan’s main opposition leader chided Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for conservative statements on war history and voiced fear he could be a “destabilizing” factor in East Asia. On a visit to Washington on Tuesday, Banri Kaieda, president of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said he remained fully committed to the country’s past expressions of regret for its wartime behavior. Kaieda said that the Abe government’s remarks and actions had alienated Japan’s neighbors as well as its US and European allies by “fueling suspicions that Prime Minister Abe may be a historical revisionist.” “Domestically, the Abe administration has now made its authoritarian tendencies clear and internationally, the Abe administration could move beyond the realm of healthy nationalism and become a destabilizing factor in East Asia,” Kaieda said.

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