Wen Urges Japan’s Leader to Avoid Shrine – Carl Freire
China’s premier urged his Japanese counterpart not to visit a Tokyo war shrine at the center of tensions over Japan’s past military aggression in Asia, a news report said Wednesday…
Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the country’s 2.5 million war dead, is a diplomatic flash point between Japan and its neighbors China and South Korea, who see the shrine as a symbol of Japan’s militaristic past.
Tokyo-Beijing ties soured under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, who repeatedly visited the shrine despite China’s protests. Relations have improved since Abe took office last September, and he has not since visited the shrine. [Full Text]