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As the curtain comes down on 2017, thoughts of war still linger

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Kiichi Miyazawa (1919-2007), a former prime minister who also held a number of key Cabinet posts during his long career, used to warn ministry officials repeatedly, "Whatever happens, a war is something you must never let our nation get into."

When I heard Miyazawa say this 20 or so years ago, it went over my head, probably because I was used back then to taking peace for granted.

But not anymore.

I can now see what Miyazawa must have meant: That a war can erupt, even if it seems totally unlikely.

Over the last year, I have begun to feel the weight of his words. With North Korea continuing to provoke the world with its nuclear and missile development programs,........

© The Asahi Shimbun