Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is unlikely to visit the
war-related Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan's defeat in
World War II, both Kyodo News and Jiji Press, the two major Japanese news
agencies, reported on Thursday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
appears at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, July 29, 2007. (Xinhua
"There had been no plans for Abe to visit the shrine
on Aug. 15 anyway," Kyodo quoted one of the sources as saying.
When meeting reporters later in the day, the prime
minister again refused to say whether or not he will visit the controversial
The Abe administration's leadership decreased
dramatically following the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)'s unprecedented
defeat in the upper house election on July 29. In this circumstance, a visit to
the Yasukuni would definitely draw opposition from the New Komeito Party, the
LDP's minor coalition partner, and further undermine the political stability,
analysts here said.
Furthermore, Abe will not infuriate China since he
has clearly expressed to Chinese leaders his intention to visit China by the end
of this year, the reports said.
Abe was widely praised in Japan for his choosing
China as the first stop of his official visit after taking office in last
September. His China tour turned to be a new start of the Japan-China political
relationship after about five years of stagnation due to former Japanese Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi's repeated visits to the notorious shrine.
Report: Japan's late Emperor stopped
TOKYO, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Japan's late Emperor
Hirohito stopped paying visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo
after Class-A war criminals were enshrined there in 1978, for worries about
deterioration of Japan's relations with other Asian countries, the Kyodo News
reported on Saturday.
Hirohiko Okano, a prominent Japanese poet who used to
be on the jury of the Imperial New Year's poetry reading, told the Kyodo News
that Yoshihiro Tokugawa, late grand chamberlain to Emperor Hirohito, disclosed
the Emperor's view in 1986 when enjoying poems composed by Emperor Hirohito.
When reviewing a poem which expressed the Emperor's "anxiety" about Yasukuni Shrine, Tokugawa said the feeling was toward the enshrinement of Class-A war criminals. Full story