Japan's New Defense Minister Courts Controversy, Refuses to Acknowledge War Atrocities

Japan's New Defense Minister Courts Controversy, Refuses to Acknowledge War AtrocitiesJapan’s newly appointed defense minister, who assumed office Wednesday, is already courting controversy. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, 57, dodged questions about the country’s wartime past at a press conference Thursday morning. When repeatedly asked whether Japan’s World War II actions were acts of aggression or self-defense, Inada said, “I’m not in a position to express my personal opinion here,” according to The Japan Times.

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