China expresses concern over reported Abe visit to Yasukuni
(Kyodo) _ China on Friday expressed concern over reports that Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo last April, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Earlier Friday, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi said in an apparently veiled criticism of the move, "It is a tradition for people in the Orient to refrain from doing things neighbors despise." He made the remarks during a roundtable discussion in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecturelink
The war shrine is seen by neighboring countries as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.Korea herald
The Japanese prime minister has usually visited the controversial shrine on or around the date marking his country's unconditional surrender to the U.S.-led Allied Powers in World War II, also the day marking Korea's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule, the reason many South Koreans believe the Japanese leader's shrine visits signal his country's wish to revive its past militarism.
"The (Japanese leaders') visits to Yasukuni shrine may become one of the key issues," the ministry official added.
The South Korean foreign minister has refused to visit Japan amid a diplomatic row that was sparked by the Japanese leaders' repeated visits to the controversial Tokyo shrine.
Koizumi claims his visits to the shrine are made within his personal capacity, but South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has suspended his regular summit with the Japanese prime minister since late last year, saying he would never "accept Japan's position" on the shrine.yohan
Neighbouring countries strongly oppose visits to the Yasukuni Shrine.
They say the shrine honours Japan's militarist past, because 14 Class A war criminals are among the 2.5 million war dead commemorated there.BBC
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