TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese internal affairsminister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for wardead on Friday, a move likely to anger Asian victims of Japan's pastaggression.
The visit came a day after Prime MinisterShinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning tooffice in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid furtherstraining ties with Chinaand South Korea.
Shindo's visit came after China's Foreign Ministry admonished Abe onThursday, telling him not to go there in person out of respect for China and"other victimized countries".
-Similar rebukes can be expected afterShindo's visit, with other lawmakers also expected to pay their respects duringthe shrine's autumn festival, which ends on Sunday.
"I visited the shrine in a privatecapacity," Shindo said, noting that his grandfather is honored there."I do not think this will become a diplomatic issue."
Sino-Japanese ties have been overshadowedfor years by what China sayshas been Japan's refusal toadmit to atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers in China between1931 and 1945.
Memories of a brutal Japanese occupationalso remain strong in South Korea, where the Foreign Ministry expressed"deep concern and regret" that Abe had made his ritual offering.
Japan's relations with South Korea have also cooled over a separateterritorial dispute.
lets start killing Japanese now
rape Japanese women and kill their unborn also
lets revenge against the Japanese for allthose who killed and tortured and raped before and during 2nd world war
fxxk the japs
He should be visiting his broken Nuclearpower plant that is still poisoning his island and the ocean,.
To this very day the Japanese mainstreamrefuses to acknowledge any war crimes or any guilt. It expresses remorse onlyfor deeds that are committed in the normal course of war. This is anintentional policy of denial and utterly shameful. The Chinese victims and thegovernment have every reason to be enraged with Japan.
I hope the dumb #$%$ Japanese Governmentkeeps visiting the shrine; thereby angering the neighboring Asian Countries. Indoing so, all the countries in Asia are surging ahead in the economic frontwhile Japanfalls further behind in deflation, and eventually go into"DEPRESSION". In a way, the Freaking US Government is at fault forJapanese Government's behavior. In any event, I think the further they keep upwith this non-sense, they will lose business cooperation from the neighboringasian countries.
How is the U.S. responsible for the #$%$.government's behavior?
later, he visited a "comfortwoman"....
disgraceful and stupid comment and aninsult to those poor women who suffered so much in war time.
Japan's genocide during that war almost equals Germany'sautrocities.
Or almost to China`s Khmer Rouge.
Might want to fix that Fukushima radiation leak first
he needs a Fukushima enema....