75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past?
Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)TOKYO Northeast Asia doesnt so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor. Japan in 2020 is unrecognizable to the fascist military machine that once rolled across Asia. Political leaders, for one, will have to resist the temptation to use the past for their own ends. ___Foster Klug, AP's news director for Japan, the Koreas, Australia and the South Pacific, has covered Asia since 2005.