BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- China is "firmly opposed" to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offering and cabinet ministers' visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.
"The Yasukuni Shrine honors 14 convicted Class-A Japanese war criminals from World War II and glorifies its history of aggression," Hua said. "The visit and offering again reflect the Japanese government's wrong attitude toward historical issues."
The Yasukuni shrine is a spiritual tool and symbol of Japanese militarism and its invasion of foreign countries. The shrine reflects whether the Japanese government can correctly understand and deal with its past aggression, respect the feelings of victim countries in Asia and honor its commitments on historical issues, she said.
Hua said only when Japan faces up to and reflects on its invasion history and draws the line at militarism can China-Japan relations achieve sound and stable development.
She urged the Japanese side to properly handle the issues with a responsible attitude and regain trust from its Asian neighbors and the international community through concrete actions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine through his aide Kouichi Hagiuda on Friday on the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.
Earlier on Friday, two Japanese ministers in Abe's cabinet, namely Yoshitaka Shindo, Japanese internal affairs minister, and Chairman of Japan's National Public Safety Commission Keiji Furuya, also visited the controversial shrine.
Japanese PM sends offering to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine
TOKYO, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine through his aide Kouichi Hagiuda on Friday on the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender to the World War II.
Hagiuda told reporters after his visit to the shrine that the prime minister sent the offering as the president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).Full story
News Analysis: Japan must apologize for WWII aggression wholeheartedly, abstain from attempts to rewrite history
TOKYO, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The spotlight will once again be firmly trained on Japan Friday, as this day marks the official 69th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II and Emperor Hirohito's unprecedented "Jewel Voice Broadcast" radio address to the nation all those years ago announcing Japan's surrender to the allies.
The surrender came on the heels of the United States dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 respectively 69 years ago. The severity of the actions at the time shocked Emperor Hirohito to the extent that he personally intervened in Japan's Imperial war machine and ordered the Supreme Council for the Direction of the War to agree to the terms the Allies had set down in the Potsdam Declaration for ending the war.Full story
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BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- To mark the 69th anniversary of its defeat in the World War II, the Japanese government has, as usual, duly advised its citizens to observe one minute of silence in honor of the deceased.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, has a separate agenda. Despite the cancellation of a planned visit, he sent an offering Friday to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine, which honors top war criminals, through his aide Kouichi Hagiuda.Full story