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‘I Told the Souls of War Dead I’d Resigned’: Former Japan PM Abe Visits Controversial WWII Shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks throughout a information convention on the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 28, 2020. Franck Robichon/Pool by way of REUTERS

The shrine is controversial with victims of Japanese navy aggression within the early a part of the 20th century, and particularly the Koreas and China, as a result of it honors convicted battle criminals among the many thousands and thousands of different Japanese who died in World War II.

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  • Last Updated: September 19, 2020, 4:20 PM IST

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated he has visited a shrine considered by China and each Koreas as a logo of wartime aggression.

Abe’s go to Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he introduced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first go to in practically seven years.






Abe stated on Twitter that he visited the shrine “and reported to the souls of the battle lifeless that he’d resigned as prime minister. Abes final go to to the shrine was in late 2013.

The shrine is controversial with victims of Japanese navy aggression within the early a part of the 20th century, and particularly the Koreas and China, as a result of it honors convicted battle criminals among the many thousands and thousands of different Japanese who died in World War II.

Later Saturday, the South Korean authorities expressed deep concern and remorse over Abes shrine go to. A Foreign Ministry assertion stated the shrine beautifies Japans colonial plundering and battle of aggression.

Many South Koreans nonetheless harbor sturdy resentment towards Japans 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Ties between Seoul and Tokyo suffered an enormous setback in recent times over historical past and commerce disputes. Earlier this week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in despatched a letter to new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to congratulate him and covey his willingness to open talks to enhance ties.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, resigned due to well being points. Suga began his first full day in workplace on Thursday.

Suga received the backing of fellow ruling celebration lawmakers with a pledge to hold on Abes insurance policies.

Abe, thought of a international coverage hawk, had generally fraught relations with China and South Korea, partly due to his revisionist stance on Japan’s wartime crimes.

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