Commentary: A dangerous Tokyo, again
BEIJING, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Some 80 years ago, Tokyo, the capital of the Japanese empire, was the dangerous place where many of its reckless militarist policies were born and where some of the worst nightmares of its neighbors began.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Japan, which had long seized the Korean Peninsula, invaded China and the Southeast Asian countries, opening one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in modern Asian history. Full story
News Analysis: Abe's true militaristic, nationalistic ideologies coming to the fore
TOKYO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Serious questions are being raised of late regarding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) heavy-handed approach towards regional tensions the nation is currently embroiled in and the future militaristic course Japan is reverting to.
Abe himself is an unabashed, pugnacious nationalist, but during his first short stint as prime minister in 2006 he managed to veil the degree of his right-wing fundamentalism, and as he wooed the electorate for a second term when he took office a year ago, it was based on his aggressive attitude towards reviving the economy and Japan's fiscal health. But that stance has shifted and political pundits and regular citizens here are gravely concerned. Full story
Yearender: Abe repackages old, risky ideologies, triggering regional anxiety
TOKYO, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has brought dramatic change to Japan's political arena since he took office almost a year ago.
However, relations between Japan and its neighbors have remained strained during the period as regional tensions mount over territorial disputes and discontent over Japan's refusal to reflect on its wartime history. Full story
Ex-PM Koizumi calls for nuke-free Japan, green lights visits to Yasukuni
TOKYO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday denounced current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to bring the nation's idled nuclear reactors back online, stating that other senior politicians share a similar ideology. Full story
U.S. scholar voices against possible visit to Yasukuni by Japan's Abe
TOKYO, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A renowned U.S. scholar on international relations voiced here on Tuesday against possible visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Joseph Nye Jr., distinguished service professor at Harvard University, said at a symposium named "U.S.-Japan Alliance in the new era" here that "visits to the Yasukuni Shrine have become the symbolic of the 1930s and of the problems that Japan has not overcome in terms of its history with its neighbors." Full story
About 160 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine
TOKYO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- About 160 Japanese lawmakers from a nonpartisan group on Friday morning worshipped the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine during its autumn festival, according to local media. Full story
China responds to Abe's Yasukuni Shrine offering
BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday responded to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe making an offering to Tokyo's war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by urging Japan to properly deal with the issues surrounding the controversial site. Full story