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Donald Tusk

7 decades after WWII, many praise Germany, scorn Japan

Both nations brutalized continents. Both slaughtered and abused tens of millions of people. But while Germany is held up as a paragon of post-World War II reconciliation, Japan is mired in animosity with its neighbors seven decades later. In many ways, the stunning economic and political resurrections of both countries since the war ended 70 years ago Sunday have been a windfall for their respective regions. Both have largely been generous in aid, both, for the most part, sterling examples of liberal democracies. But talk to Europeans and Northeast Asians about Germany and Japan and you'll often find stark differences in perception. Some of this is linked to the Soviet threat...

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