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Japan should learn from Germany: US expert

Updated: 2014-01-29 08:08
By Chen Weihua in Washington ( China Daily)

Amitai Etzioni, an Israeli-American sociologist who was a child in Germany when the Nazis rose to power in 1933, has a bit of advice for Japan.

The 85-year-old said the best thing Japan could do is send 200 public intellectuals and political leaders to Germany to see what it is like for a country to face its past, come to terms with it, make it part of their schools and army, and never let it happen again.

"I was born as a Jewish child in Nazi Germany and I have some feelings about countries dealing with their past," Etzioni told a group on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington.

Japan should learn from Germany: US expert