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  • Jul 25, 2014
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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. 

Japan Prime Minister Abe sends offering to Yasukuni war shrine, but skips visit

Japan’s Shinzo Abe offered a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on Monday, but reportedly plans to stay away during the spring festival, in an apparent compromise between not angering Asian neighbours and playing to his nationalist base.

Monday, 21 April, 2014, 7:59pm 10 comments

Japanese minister's visit to Yasukuni Shrine upset neighbours

A Japanese cabinet minister visited a Tokyo war shrine that honours executed war criminals in a move that could reignite tensions with Japan's neighbours ahead of US President Barack Obama's Asian tour.

13 Apr 2014 - 4:18am 15 comments

Beijing criticised for dragging Japan into a media ‘cold war’

The conservative Japanese daily the Yomiuri Shimbun has accused China of dragging Japan into a media "cold war" and trying to alienate it from the international community.

14 Mar 2014 - 10:14pm 8 comments

Transcript of South China Morning Post interview with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

I believe it is necessary to reduce unnecessary misunderstanding and friction, and it is also important to conduct a candid exchange of views to build mutual understanding and trust between the two countries.

4 Mar 2014 - 4:04am 2 comments

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida urges dialogue with China to ease tensions

China and Japan should resume talks on establishing a maritime defence communication mechanism and other practical issues, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the South China Morning Post.

4 Mar 2014 - 5:09pm 6 comments

China, Japan spar at UN over Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine visit

China and Japan accused each other of threatening stability as a diplomatic battle over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a contested war shrine reached the UN Security Council.

31 Jan 2014 - 7:23am 16 comments

Biden warned Japan's Abe about visiting Yasukuni Shrine

US Vice-President Joe Biden spent an hour trying to persuade Japan's prime minister not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, two weeks before a pilgrimage last month that sparked much fury in Asia, a report said.

30 Jan 2014 - 3:02am 4 comments

Regional security tops Sino-US talks in Beijing

Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui discussed regional issues of mutual concern with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

23 Jan 2014 - 3:56am

Abe's Yasukuni visit remembers pain of war and affirms Japan's remorse

I have carefully read the contribution by Song Zhe, the commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong, concerning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine. As a diplomat stationed in Hong Kong, I have no intention to start a war of words here. However, I have to offer the Hong Kong people some clarification on the visit and further details because Mr Song's arguments are unfounded and misleading.

20 Jan 2014 - 9:28am 10 comments

China, Japan slug it out in the world's press

China and Japan are engaged in a war of words that is lighting up editorial pages around the world as Beijing takes aim at a recent visit by Japan's leader to a controversial war shrine and Tokyo answers back.

19 Jan 2014 - 5:42am 1 comment