Yakusuni visits remain enshrined in controversy

Source:Globaltimes.cn Published: 2014-4-22 19:06:00

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China's Foreign Ministry

"We urge the Japanese side to take a correct attitude on historical issues, stop making provocative acts, and win the trust of Asia and the world through concrete moves." 

South Korea's Foreign Ministry

"We deplore the fact that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has romanticized Japanese colonialism and its war of aggression by paying tribute to the Yasukuni Shrine."

Japanese civil group

Abe's shrine visit under prime minister's title violated the country's constitution principle of separation of state and religion.


The United States, Japan's key ally, also commented that Abe's visit was disappointed and will worsen Japan's relations with neighboring China and South Korea.

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Japanese MPs' shrine visit should alert Obama
The US president should keep a vigilant eye on its Asian ally that has for long tried to whitewash its history of aggression and boost its self-defense capacities, which poses a threat not only to its Asian neighbors but to peace of the world at large. A militarist Japan is not in the interests of the United States, either.

Abe's Yasukuni offering a slap in Obama's face
With both Japan and South Korea being important US allies and China a global heavyweight with which the United States has committed itself to building a new type of major-country relations, Abe's apparently incorrigible trouble-making poses a real threat to US interests.

Voice on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offering tributes to the Yasukuni Shrine

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