In the aftermath of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals from World War II are also buried, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman emphasizes that Japan cannot ignore reconciliation with its neighbors. Laying out a point-by-point path to kick-start the reconciliation process, with Germany and the Franco-German relationship as a model, Dr. Gardner Feldman provides a succinct guide for and clear message to East Asian leaders in her essay, “Ihr seid Vorbild: Was Asien von Deutschland lernen kann,” in the opinion section of Die Zeit on April 3, 2014.

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