Japanese Leader Hails Indians Who Backed Tokyo in 1940s

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CALCUTTA— Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan voiced admiration on Thursday for two Indians who stood up to Britain, the country’s colonial ruler, during World War II and sided with Japan.

Mr. Abe came here to meet relatives of the two, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a nationalist leader who advocated armed resistance to the British, and Radhabinod Pal, the sole judge who dissented at the Allied tribunal that condemned to death war-time Japanese leaders.

“Many Japanese have been moved deeply by such persons of strong will and action of the independence of India like Subhas Chandra Bose,” Mr. Abe said in a speech at the opening of the Indo-Japan Cultural Center.

“Even to this day, many Japanese revere Radhabinod Pal.”

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