VIENNA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- No European politicians dare to defy world opinion by prostrating themselves before Adolf Hitler and other war criminals, in sharp contrast to Japanese leaders' worship to a controversial war-linked shrine, the Chinese ambassador to Austria said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's year-end visit to the Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japan's war dead, including 14 class-A war criminals in World War II, seriously damaged the political basis of relations between Tokyo and its neighbors, Zhao Bin said in an article carried on Tuesday by the Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung.
He added that although nearly seven decades have passed since the end of WWII, Japan has constantly tore on the wounds of the victim countries.
"It is hard to imagine that politicians of Europe dared to worship Adolf Hitler and other war criminals today," Zhao said, noting that Germany's determination to bring all Nazi criminals to justice has not only enabled its reconciliation with the victim countries, but also opened the door for peace in Europe.
On the contrary, right-wing forces in Japan are trying to overturn the verdict of the Tokyo trial of the war criminals and challenge the world order after WWII, said the Chinese envoy.
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BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Everyone is entitled to a dream. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be having a dangerous one that may drag Japan toward a nationalist dead end and risk jeopardizing regional stability.
In a New Year message, Abe reaffirmed his resolve to revise the country's pacifist constitution written after Japan's defeat in WWII. By revising the war-renouncing constitution, Abe aims to lift the ban on the right to exercise collective self-defense, making it possible for Japan to wage war. Full story
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S. Korean FM repeats condemnation of shrine visit in Japan
SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's top diplomat repeated his condemnation of Japanese politicians for their visit to the controversial war shrine, describing the visit as a big stumbling block to peace and cooperation in the region.
"As seen in the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, the history-revisionist attitude of Japan's political leadership brought isolation upon itself and served as a big stumbling block to peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said in his New Year's message on Thursday. Full story
Abe's shrine visit bombshell of disappointment for Japan, neighbours
BEIJING, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Four days after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, disappointment and condemnation over his reckless move are still mounting.
Singapore on Sunday expressed its regrets over Abe's visit, fearing that his act "is likely to evoke further negative feelings and reactions in the region." Full story
Commentary: Abe's shrine visit a flagrant denial of justice
BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo that honors Japan's war dead including convicted war criminals in World War II is but a flagrant denial of the just trials of Japanese warmongers guilty of crimes against humanity.
Abe on Thursday visited the war shrine, which has been seen as a symbol of Japan's past militarism as it enshrines 14 Class-A WWII war criminals. Full story