外文标题：Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead
TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid his respects on Thursday at a shrine honouring Japan's war dead in a move that drew sharp rebukes from both China and South Korea who warned that the visit celebrates his country's militaristic past and heightens concerns that Japan may veer back in that direction.
The United States expressed disappointment "that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbors".
The visit to Yasukuni shrine, which honours 2.5 million war dead including convicted class A war criminals, appears to be a departure from Abe's "pragmatic" approach to leadership, which focused on reviving the economy and tried to avoid alienating neighbouring countries.
It was the first visit by a sitting prime minister since Junichiro Koizumi went to mark the end of World War II in 2006.
Akshay Kumar ()
Politicians have this habit of blowing even a minor issue out of proportion just to gain some political mileage........
the current japanese PM is taking nice tough decisions i like that china should be countered on all sides or it will just say the whole earth is theirs
Praveen Kumar Shrivastava (Ahmadabad)
Nothing wrong in visiting any Japanese location...
Raja Ram (LA)
This is Wrong!! ..wrong for people to say about war shrine. all soldiers are same.. its the political leader who put them on the battelfield is the criminal!! Soldiers just follow orders.. that they swore to.
Shalabh Rastogi (Pune)
This visit may be genuine...but being an Indian, I am use to hear all thesenews as political gimmick,.,..
Easwar Venkatraman (Mumbai)
Pressure faced by China by growing military prowess of Japan has really pertrified them. In addition this historic event has caused even more jitters.
Sajal Gupta (Calcutta)
good step forwarded by japan
This has been a sour point between Japan, China and Korea. Very few Japan PM dare to go to shrine as it is bound to create tension.
The winners never commit any atrocities. They never violate human rights. The dropping of the two bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima was to protect the Japanese people from being killed. History belongs to the winner.
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paganists are swines (Sarey Jahan Se Acha) replies to maladroit
this si the rule my freind might is always right .what would happen if koreans dropped few bombs to kneel down cow boys
balram upadhayay (agra)
That's a good move to wake up the countries who were hurt by Japs during the WW2. He is also telling his master US that they killed Japs; heroes. HAHA.
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Shatarup Chowdhury ()
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Kathakam Kathakam (Unknown)
Unlike China which is under Communist dictatorship ,Japan is a civilised democratic republic . World war 2 is dead so also the wardeads , why cry foul over someting which is old and dead ? Imparial Japan was war monger not the present day democratic Japan where as the present day Communist China is WAR MONGER.
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Curious to Know (Undisclosed) replies to Kathakam Kathakam
If that is so, why is Japan STILL NOT ALLOWED to declare war on another nation? Why are they not even allowed to maintain a regular army? Why does a sense of deep distrust for the Japanese still persist among her neighbors as well as among the western nations? Have you the answers?
Observer (World) replies to Kathakam Kathakam
Which country has China fought a war with in the last 30 years?
Abhinav Chauhan ()
Japan trying to insult Chian in full public view.
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Jail Hind (India)
Good that Japan is making China feel uncomfortable. China is a bully wanting to encroach upon its neighbouring countries territories.
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