Japan PM Favourite Vows Better China Ties, No Shrine Visits – AFP

is considered one most sensitive issue between . Anger over former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi’s visits to the shrine led to China to refuse visits between top leaders for 7 years. Against that backdrop, this announcement by the Japanese Prime Minister to-be has major significance. From AFP:

Yasuo Fukuda, the front-runner to be Japan’s next prime minister, pledged Sunday to strengthen ties with China and said he would not visit a war shrine seen as a symbol of ’s wartime past…

Fukuda, a 71-year-old elder of the ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP), is favourite to beat former foreign minister and succeed outgoing Prime Minister , who announced last week that he was stepping down. [Full Text]

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