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Overcoming the Negative Legacy of the Past: Why Europe is a Positive Example for East Asia

Politics of Reconciliation
Andrew Horvat

In the Spring of 2004, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao stated at a news conference in Beijing that manufacturers of Japan's high speed bullet train would be barred from bidding on the fifteen billion dollar Beijing-Shanghai railway project unless Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stopped visiting Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of 2.46 million Japanese war dead