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The Monitor's View When an apology need not be demanded

With Japan’s leader set to make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, the US is not asking for an apology, just as Japan did not ask Obama for one in his visit to Hiroshima.  Friends are like that.

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The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, will visit a Pearl Harbor memorial on Dec. 26-27. He will be the first Japanese leader to do so. Along with President Obama, he will go to the USS Arizona Memorial and commemorate the victims of Imperial Japan’s attack 75 years ago. If all goes as expected, Mr. Abe will not make an official apology. And in that silence, he will be saying much.

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