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Japan's ex-PM criticizes militarism

By Liu Tian and Feng Wuyong in Tokyo ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-16 08:38:18

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama criticized Japan's current military stance, saying the "active pacifism" created by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a narrow-minded concept and, therefore, cannot bring real peace to the Asia-Pacific region.

Hatoyama made the remarks during an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Saturday before his departure to China for a peace forum that focuses on how to build peace in Asia and the world.

The former prime minister said that countries with different values could overcome the diversities and find common interests through dialogue. "It is the essence of the word 'dialogue'," he said.

Japan's ex-PM criticizes militarism

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