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Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine, located in Tokyo, Japan, is dedicated to over 2,466,000 Japanese soldiers and servicemen who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan in the last 150 years. It also houses one of the few Japanese war museums dedicated to World War II.The shrine is at the center of an international  controversy by honoring war criminals convicted by a post World War II court including 14 'Class A' war criminals. Japanese politicians, including prime ministers and cabinet members have paid visits to Yasukuni Shrine in recent years which caused criticism and protests from China, Korea, and Taiwan. 

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Beijing and Seoul furious at Shinzo Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine

Japanese PM rebuked by coalition partner and the US after stoking tensions with neighbours

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 December, 2013, 10:05am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 12:12pm
 

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine yesterday that honours Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals, infuriating China and South Korea and prompting a rare expression of concern from the US about deteriorating ties between the East Asian neighbours.

Instead of a pledge against war … the visit is a calculated provocation
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China's Foreign Ministry called the visit to the Yasukuni Shrine a "brazen" act and later summoned Japan's ambassador to Beijing to express "strong opposition" to the visit.

"Japan must bear full responsibility for the serious political consequences," Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as telling the Japanese ambassador.

A Xinhua commentary said: "Choosing a sensitive time to visit a highly controversial and notorious place, Abe knows perfectly what he is doing and the consequences. Instead of a pledge against war, as Abe has claimed, the visit is a calculated provocation to stoke further tension."

South Korea called Abe's visit "anachronistic behaviour".

"We can't help deploring and expressing anger at the prime minister's visit," Seoul's culture minister Yoo Jin-ryong said.

Television carried live video of Abe's motorcade making its way to the shrine, which honours Japan's 2.5 million war dead, including 14 class-A war criminals from the second world war. Abe bowed before following a Shinto priest into an inner sanctum.

A conservative who took office for a second term one year ago, Abe said criticism that visits to Yasukuni were an act of worshipping war criminals was based on a misunderstanding.

"Unfortunately, a Yasukuni visit has largely turned into a political and diplomatic issue," he said. "It is not my intention to hurt the feelings of the Chinese and Korean people."

Watch: Japan PM Abe visits Yasukuni war shrine

The US embassy in Tokyo said it was "disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions". It said the US "hopes that both Japan and its neighbours will find constructive ways to deal with sensitive issues from the past".

The head of Abe's coalition partner, the Buddhist-backed New Komeito - which had urged him not to make the pilgrimage - called the visit regrettable.

The Japanese embassy in Beijing warned its nationals to stay away from demonstrations and not congregate in big groups.

A meeting between Vice-Premier Liu Yandong and Japanese lawmakers scheduled for yesterday in Beijing was cancelled. But Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the visit was a personal matter.

Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse

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hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
the obvious difference is that the Japanese soldiers did not land and occupy USA...if they would have conducted mass slaughter and beheading ..etc...etc ..you will not be the one commenting on grudges.
beside, this is not a question of grudges but rather the visit is a bloody insult !
A Kuro
You are right. If only the WWII Vets especially those US Marines who are still alive agrees with you. They must all be suffering from amnesia or have grown senile. Otherwise they will use you for some target practice with bayonets like the Japanese did in WWII. Not too long ago we see a lot of Japan bashing in the USA. Japanese have a sadistic syndrome and admire their conquerors and are extremely grateful to Truman for ending the war they started by dropping the two atomic bombs and subsequently hanging those class A war criminals now enshrined at the Yasukuni War Shrine. If your mother was a comfort-woman you wouldn't be such a **** unless you also suffer from the sadistic syndrome.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
the visit is really expected and nothing out of the ordinary from abe. judging from his recent actions and preaching wherever he goes about the china threat,,blah blah blah....why should we be surprised by his visit.
abe is an idiot and will always be one...and to even suggest that only china and korea makes a big deal out of this while claiming that asean will back and understand him is nothing short of a joke.
J R
Normal people goes to Churches, Mosques or Temples to pray for good tidings especially on days like Boxing Day. Japanese fascists politicians including Shinzo Abe and members of the LDP goes to the Yasukuni War Shrine to pray to war-criminals. This is a form of Devil Worship. Shinzo Abe maternal grand father is a class A war criminal. After the Japanese unconditional surrender in 1945, the USA occupying forces failed to purge Japan of the fascism. This is why Japanese till this day do not take responsibility for their brutal and genocidal behaviour in the past. Japanese fascists have disavowed the suffering and massive destruction they caused in Asia like the Rape of Nanking in with 300,000 people were slaughtered or the hundred of thousands of women forced to become sex-slaves or comfort-women. They continuously insult the memory of Japanese victims. They claimed to have "liberated" Asia from colonialism by the white man but instead caused even more destruction. Japan launched the loot all, kill all and burn all war policy in Asia and by the end of 1945 just before the Atomic Bombings of Japan have looted an estimated 100 Billion USD (in 1945 dollars equivalent to 10 Trillion dollars in today terms) in gold, silver and other precious things like diamonds. Japanese lack of atonement for the invasion in Asia and for causing WWII makes Japan a recalcitrant country bordering on being uncivilised. Shinzo Abe and the LDP are fascists. Democracy in Japan is a farce.
norodnik
I can't recall the US apologizing to the people and government of Vietnam for the war crimes (including chemical warfare) against that nation. As superdx said above, get over it, and besides the CCP killed more of its own citizens than the Japanese ever did in China...but that's an "internal" matter that is nobody's business....
ejmciii
Actually, a fair number of Asian nations collaborated openly with the Japanese during the war and they too have never atoned. Indonesia for example worked with the Japanese because of the promise that the Japanese would release Indonesia from the Dutch. Thailand also openly collaborated. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos all were at least passive given that the French had been conquered by the Germans and the Vichy but ceded to the Japanese. China's resistance to the Japanese was lukewarm at best as Mao and Chiang spent more time trying to defeat one another than the Japanese. The only ones who seem to have focused on challenging the Japanese are the Filipinos. And while China complains about the Japanese worshipping war criminals they are about to embark on a set of festivals to commemorate the birth of the man who drove the most notable mass murders of the 20th century. So who is worshipping devils, amigo?
A Kuro
Yes the brave Filipinos liberated the Philippines all by themselves and General McArthur didn't land at Palo Beach, Leyte on 20 October 1944. What distortion of facts and history. Like the Japanese fascists say all the time, the Filipina Comfort-woman must all have been willing volunteers only too happy to be in the service of Imperial Japanese soldiers. Even Jesus Christ would be considered a devil by you.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
load of bull...japan went after china during the civil war and took advantage of the chaotic situation. japan was stuck in china and your troops were bogged down. all other countries had no choice.
Malaysia and Singapore were invaded and your tiger general nickname there was butchering especially overseas Chinese there and I suppose abe the joker is thinking he has the asean to support him ...DREAM ON !
A Kuro
You are welcome to enshrine yourself at the Yasukuni Shrine too.
johnh
Mao Zedong killed more Chinese than the Japanese ever did in WW2, or for that matter, in all of history

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