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Shinzo Abe is president of the Liberal Democratic Party and was elected prime minister of Japan in December 2012. He also served as prime minister in 2006 after being elected by a special session of Japan’s National Diet, but resigned after less than a year.

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Japan urged to stick to history after Shinzo Abe sent message about wartime criminals

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 August, 2014, 11:32pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 August, 2014, 11:32pm

China and South Korea yesterday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honouring more than 1,000 second world war-era war criminals, praising their contributions.

Abe sent the message in April to a ceremony at the Koyasan Buddhist temple in central Japan in his capacity as head of the ruling party, not as prime minister, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry said Japan should reflect on its wartime aggression and make a "clean break with militarism" to rebuild relations with Asian neighbours.

"We urge Japan to adhere to its commitment to reflect on the invasion and take solid action to win the trust of Asian neighbours and the international community," spokesman Qin Gang said.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Abe's message raised questions about the sincerity of Tokyo's past apology over wartime aggression.

Associated Press

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M Miyagi
Shinzo Abe and the Japanese government today is the most evil thing to come out of Japan lately and these mongrels are just like the murderous barbarous cowardly ancestors scums.

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