"The visit comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping toured four South American nations"
Abe is getting used to be No.2.
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@Ossan, for those China bashers, why the hell do you want abe to meet with Chinese president? Why trying so hard, almost like a saint, just to save China from the diplomatic isolation? Come on, you guys should urge abe to boycott APEC meeting in Beijing, setting a fine example for the whole free world. The whole free world is counting on you and abe to isolate China.
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@toshiko: Boshin war is an interesting Japanese civil war. How to interpret it is totally Japanese internal affair. I can understand that northeastern people in Japan have a rift with the southwestern people, just like the American civil war between north and south or similar wars in China. The hot issue with Yasukuni is not about the Japanese civil wars, but the wars that Japan took on to other nations and honoring those convicted WWII war criminals. Even Hirohito and his family understand this controversy well, so as not to visit it, although Yasukuni is dedicated to them. If Japanese government cannot see the problem here, nobody can help.
War is horrible regardless what weapon is used. It is the mentality and thought behind those wars that people should pay attention to, so as to avoid war in the future. Artistic reproduction does not matter.
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In referring to WWII and more recent history, a more relavent comparison to Japan is Germany, which set a higher bar in showing remorse to its brutal war crimes and stay pacifist.
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Very interesting, if pacifist constitution or people is ever worthy of the peace prize, it should be awarded to the USA, shouldn't it? It was the USA that invented the pacifist Japan and keeps it at bay, USA USA ...
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@toshiko, It is good not to be too sensitive, so one can take a more objective view and seek answer to why did the thing happened. How does the general public in Japan make connection between Yasukuni and A-bomb?
Respect is always reciprocal. The "all the sudden' refers to while Japan always tells China and SK to get over and move on from WWII, it actually CAN NOT get over with itself on A-bomb in WWII and move on.
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Isn't this interesting? Australia wants to do lip service to both China and Japan, taking a moral high ground and making lots of money at the same time. Some people think they are so special and can get all the goodies, aren't they?
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@afanofjapan, didn't japan itself just made a big deal of this? A-bomb was certainly something happened about 70 years ago. Funny, whenever China and SK complain something, they say it was 70 years ago. But not this time when the table is turned on themselves.
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