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China unhappy over Abe's ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine

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in a private capacity

That's OK, then. Political schizophrenia is perfectly acceptable.

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His granduncle's father in law was enshrined either this year or last year. Could be why he sent a branch od sakaki.

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Here is an idea, if Abe is so keen about saying he does these obnoxious things as a private person, save everyone the trouble and quit. Then I'll believe him!

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If done in a private capacity then, why is this in the news? The very fact that this is a story and that an aide has to specifically point out he did it in a private capacity destroys that notion.

For anyone who has ever worked with schools in Japan> I'm sure you have seen or even been told yourself that your image as a "sensei" goes faaaaaaaaarr beyond the school grounds. As a "sensei" engaging in any percieved negative acts will reflect on your job AND your schools standing in the community. Same thing often happens when there is a scandal in Japan right? Company pulls some tricks, suddenly the entire organization is more or less blacklisted by the public. Anyone who has spent longer than 6 months in Japan knows about this aspect of the culture.

So, why is Abe allowed to tell his aide to say that he visited Yasukuni in a private capacity?

Makes zero sense.

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As a public official, he shouldn't be flouting his private beliefs in public. Let alone get another public official to defend his public actions as private. No public official is a private individual

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No public official is a private individual

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He was not private last time when he was PM. His rushing to toilet room was reported in detail.(re all sort of weekly magazines)

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Abe you are the gift that keeps on giving.....iriot!

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So, why is Abe allowed to tell his aide to say that he visited Yasukuni in a private capacity?

Please read the article, he did not visit the shrine, he sent an offering.

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I don't think there is such a thing as private capacity when you are PM.

Are these donations or offerings public record, or do they make such a big deal out of it to keep their cronies on side.

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Is there anything this muppet won't try to "reinterpret"?

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Suga says Abe sent ritual offering to Yasukuni in a private capacity

So the gift was sent anonymously? "To Yasukuni Shrine, from your greatest admirer".........I can imagine

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There is no such thing as private capacity when you are the leader of a country.

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"in a private capacity" in no way makes this any less a bad idea.

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"There is no such thing as private capacity when you are the leader of a country." Exactly right gogogo! There is no such thing as private capacity when you are in public office and make an offering to a political entity, which is what Yasukuni is. A twisted historical view is a part of Yasukuni's faux religious presence. The only "private capacity" offering I might accept is if Abe's offering was a semen sample.

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China unhappy over....

Okay, everybody, on the count of three --- one, two, BRRAAAAAAKKKKKK!

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The story run by JT from AFP yesterday this:

Abe donated a sacred “masakaki” tree bearing his name as prime minister

His name as prime minister.

But the story run today from Thomson Reuters reports Suga saying:

the action was done as an private individual

Is this a Nakasone trick, patronizing Yasukuni as both a politician and a private individual at the same time? If so, stupid. Doesn't trick anyone outside the confines of politics in Japan. This country's political figures may have a refined system of obfuscating reality for their own satisfaction, but it looks clearly idiotic to anyone outside it.

Dream on, Abe.

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Here we go again. . .

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@plasticmonkeyOCT. 19, 2015 - 09:12PM JST The story run by JT from AFP yesterday this: Abe donated a sacred “masakaki” tree bearing his name as prime minister His name as prime minister.

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Curious. Do you have info of his new name?

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It's just a branch and PM is his present title nothing more nothing less. It's like answering your current occupation in a questionnaire. I more surprised on how AFP knew what he wrote down on the greeting card which is suppose to be private.

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China probably gets angry when Abe pees. They just love to piss & moan.

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toshiko: His granduncle's father in law was enshrined either this year or last year. Could be why he sent a branch od sakaki.

Easily sorted, then. Attach a note, "So sorry, this is not for the Class As". Leak photo to media.

DaDude: When another person does it, everyone here harps on how Korea and China are oversensitive. If Abe does it, people here act like their grandparents were the ones tortured by the Japanese Imperial Army.

Try finding someone in China who's ancestors didn't suffer because of Japanese colonial venture. Note the areas occupied in China were in the most populous regions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Japanese_Empire_%28orthographic_projection%29.svg

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Annual this and that. Nothing changes or special. So, life as usual.

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Nobody cares. But the world cares about China's efforts to take over the South China Sea.

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One of these days it would be nice if Japanese politicians would learn that the rhetorical tricks they play to dupe their own people don't necessarily work abroad.

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Between July and September Chinese planes prompted 117 scrambles of Japanese SDF planes. Xi defends China's development in S.China Sea saying "Chinese people will not allow anyone to infringe on China's sovereignty and related rights and interests in the area" (Source NHK)

This is just China's usual hypocritical way of trying to take the focus off themselves with this broken record shrine business. If it wasn't this it would be something else, it it wasn't Abe it would be someone else.

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This is just China's usual hypocritical way]

No

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@turbotsatOCT. 20, 2015 - 12:31AM JST toshiko: His granduncle's father in law was enshrined either this year or last year. Could be why he sent a branch od sakaki. Easily sorted, then. Attach a note, "So sorry, this is not for the Class As" ee

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When Y began accepting ,message with masakaki? Usually a large letters of which entity sending masakaki accompany. Example. Shugiin Giin Ichdo. wn Nippon Kenchiji Ichidou. in kanji written Go vidit One of U room that display Masaki in pots.

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Everything Japan does outrages the Peoples Republic of China. I am sure what meal choices Abe and his cabinet has outrages the Communist Party of China. Remember being Japanese equals being GUILTY of being a war criminal. Being in the Self Defense Force (like me) is following in the footsteps of war criminals. I am sick and tired of hearing about what the Peoples Republic of China thinks and what Korea thinks (both). All it is is Bad worse and even more bad. They never have anything good to say about Japan. Might as well block all news from the Peoples Republic of China and Korea. They really piss me off!

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Not everything. Mostly the visits of politicians to yasukuni. Rightfully so

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Christopher it is more than Yasukuni add in school books, comfort women, not teaching history. The nerve of maintaining claims to its own territory. As for Yasukuni for many of us there is no other place we can "visit" our ancestors. The United States Destroyed my families farm and grave in 45. I am not allowed to visit the site due to "security", never mind I was in the Japanese Self Defense Force America's "partner". What a sick joke...

So things are not what they seem. There are 14 class A war criminals at Yasukuni. There are millions of others that are not war criminals.

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