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Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine


A Japanese cabinet minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Wednesday, press reports said.

Yoshitaka Shindo, the minister of internal affairs and communication, visited Yasukuni shrine on New Year's Day as thousands of people attended Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to pray for good fortune in 2014, Jiji and Kyodo news agencies said.

"I paid the visit in my personal capacity as a personal matter of my heart," Shindo said

He visited the shrine at least three times last year including on August 15, the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, Kyodo News said.

Last Thursday, Shinzo Abe made his first visit as prime minister to Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japan's war dead including several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II.

China and South Korea see it as a brutal reminder of Tokyo's imperialist past and wartime aggression.regularly offer prayers there for the war dead.

© (c) 2014 AFP

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Pigs are at the trough

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Another right wing politician. Is he? A lot of Japanese politician's brain has been flooded by water.

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Yawn. This guy just wanted to be on the news.

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Objections from PRC and ROK towards Japan are more based on their own incompetence to deal with their domestic problems rather than their concerns about their own people.

France never apologized England for her mistakes during the Bonaparte period, yet both of these nations can deal with each other naturally.

Another example comes from South America where Paraguayans and Uruguayans get along with Brazilians despite of their past filled with wars and battles(Paraguayan war and Cisplatina war).

ROK and PRC just dont want to accept that they are incompetent, just that.

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"Objections from PRC and ROK towards Japan are more based on their own incompetence to deal with their domestic problems rather than their concerns about their own people."

It is actually other way around. Japan has as many internal and external problems as either Korea or China. Therefore Japanese politicians have to stir up nationalism to get votes. The wars between France and England, or Paraguayans, Uruguayans and Brazilians were wars between their armies. The difference is Japanese army has invaded Korea and China and killed millions of innocent civilians in these two countries. It was not a war but a invasion and criminal action. You should compare this invasion against Korea and China by Japanese army to Hitler Germany. I can see how bias Japanese media and education system are. You even can not distinguish good and bad, justice and injustice. What future do you (japan) have, if most Japanese people like you?

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I think he may have more right to go than many others.

His grandfather was Tadamichi Kuribayashi - the general portrayed by Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwojima.

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Freedom of Religion

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David Dake

There is no difference between wars involving Japan vs China, Brazil vs Paraguay/Uruguay/ Argentina or France vs England. All of them had invasion, deaths, casualties, etc...

All that China and Korea want is to justify their hatred feelings toward Japan by talking about the old Japan.

Despite of those wars, young Paraguayans and Uruguayans are able to get along with their former enemies who are Brazilians. The same way, young French guys can get along with their former enemy England. Just remind you and others that none of them have apologized each other till now.

Off course, if nation X or Y apologize, things can be better; however, ever nation should learn to move on even without receiving apologies from their former enemies. In other words, they should learn to act more mature.

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If it was truly freedom of religion, they would visit in private without reporters or press release. He is trying to boost his poll numbers at the expense of relations with China and Korea.

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YuriOtani, Japan is not like China. Politicians don't give orders to reporters. Reporters are free in Japan. Most of Japanese reporters have anti-Japan sentiment. They are reporting so that to attack Abe.

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Every time I see news like this, I see a clear pattern here. For instance, Japanese news headlines scream "Japanese Politician Visit Yasukuni, Korea/China/Evil People, Angery With Japan". This results in inviting the Japanese readers in bashing the Korean/Chinese/Evil People again. What's the reason? To jack up the nationalism and xenophobia in the Japanese populace, so that the current lawmakers can get rid of the Article 9 peace article, restrict freedom, and make Japan into a haven for right wingers. Those people you see in black vans you see in Japan screaming hatred through bull horns? They're going to be in charge of Japan soon. Just wait.

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Oh I see, many right-wingers actually have family background in the military. I can understand the burden of history they are shouldering, it must be quite a dilemma - on the one hand you need to uphold family honour but on the other hand you find it difficult to deny logic and facts. This is not good in the long term because you do not know which values or roots to grow, and if you do not have deep roots you will become volatile and easily swayed by external events. This is a difficult situation, we must find a positive way to solve this problem.

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Abe really wants to isolate Japan. Good job! Keep going!

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To jack up the nationalism and xenophobia in the Japanese populace

Japanese population isn't bent from the time they enter schools against any country like some of it neighbours on continent...

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The only way for Japanese politicians to stand out is to position themselves opposite china and Korea. Why East Asians hate each other so much? I have no idea. They share so much cultural and yet despise each other. Like sibling rivalry. If east Asia can't get so long with each other, then not one of the East Asian countries will add to stability in the region. Nationalism and racism I has no place in the globalized society the world is becoming

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mitsuo, you still do not get it. Solders fighting with solders is called war. Solders killing innocents civilians is criminal. Both Korean and Chinese and other Asian people can not tolerate and forgive Japanese army's action of deliberately killing of civilians during WWII. I do not call that is a war but a criminal action against humanity. It is the same action of Hitler Germany. You should understand this if you are adult unless you have been brainwashed by your biased media and education system.

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Nope, you are the one who did not understand the point. War is war, and things about raping, killing civilians, etc... happened back in those days in Europe and South America. Please study more about those wars before saying things that you even don't know. Regardless of apologies, China should be mature, move on, forget about these things and think more about her people.

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This is why war will never end in the Human life, people REFUSE to forget the past. One should concentrate on the future, that is what we can change, the past is over with, it's done. We can only LEARN from it and move on.


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YuriOtani, Japan is not like China. Politicians don't give orders to reporters. Reporters are free in Japan.

I hope you don't actually believe that. Freedom of the press is on the surface only in Japan. Any reporter/news agency that steps out of line loses access to the kisha club, which is a career ender/company ender. Freedom of the press is purely for appearances sake here, all tatemae. It doesn't actually exist.

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Back on topic please.

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