- Abe did express "eternal condolences" about the loss of American lives in World War II
- But he has been evasive and ambiguous about embracing responsibility for Japan's wartime actions
- Kingston: He is putting his personal agenda on history ahead of the national interest
Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies, Temple University Japan and author of "Nationalism in Asia Since 1945." (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming later in 2015) The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.
Tokyo (CNN)With the world watching, in his historic address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, the first ever by a Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe surprised nobody by missing a great opportunity to dispel worries and tensions he raises with his revisionist views on history.