Don’t let history of WWII control today’s policy

“70th anniversary a time for reflection”, published in on September 2, 2015

The September 2nd anniversary of Japan signing the papers of surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay in 1945 has profound influence in many countries in Asia and the world.

For some it meant independence, not just from the Japanese invaders, but from the Western colonialist powers. For others, independence would come later. Some countries descended immediately into chaos and civil wars. Some remained enemies with Japan, while others embraced the defeated nation. New nations were created and a new superpower emerged.

Now, 70 years later, the world order is once again being remade, and another world power is rising. The varied impact World War II had on countries around the world reflects the different ways each country is approaching the commemoration of the 70th anniversary.

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