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No Nazi apology is not a surprise

I AM not surprised by the Japanese deputy prime minister's refusal to apologise over his "Nazi" remark. Japan does not have a great history when it comes to war crimes.

When it comes to their countless, horrific war crimes during the Second World War, the Japanese government, while admitting moral wrongdoing, is completely unwilling to admit legal wrongdoing.

The fact that significant players in Japan's leadership reject legal responsibility for the likes of the Rape of Nanking is surely a worrying train of thought to find in any modern nation.

COLIN SMITH

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