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Re “The Patriot” [April 28]: I am fearful that our country may lose a sense of moderation. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe describes himself as a patriot. However, what the patriot is should be ascertained carefully. It seems that Abe dreams of restoring Japan in an abstract and military perspective, showing scant regard for the rights and lives of ordinary Japanese people. He also wants to lose Japan’s self-restraint on military policy. Such change threatens to ruin the trust that Japan has established over the years after the war, rather than contribute to the safety of Japan.
It is really a disgrace for TIME to label Abe as “The Patriot.” In fact, Abe should be labeled as “the patrioteer.” The real patriots are those who bravely resisted Japanese invaders during World War II and sacrificed for their countries.