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Soccer wars

Chinese soccer fans imitate Europe's worst as Japan competes in China for the Asian Cup. At issue: long memories of World War II. William Pesek argues in his piece that the tensions between the two countries are real, and have serious economic consequences. Franklin Foer (How Soccer Explains the World) would understand.

As fortune would have it, China and Japan will meet in Saturday's Cup final. This story from asahi.com (a Japanese newspaper) has more.