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Commentary: Vigilance warranted on unrepentant Japanese politicians

English.news.cn   2014-02-19 21:07:33

By Xinhua Writer Zhu Chao, Feng Wuyong

TOKYO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Some Japanese politicians have launched a counter-attack against U.S.' disapproval of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's year-end visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, a clear sign of an unrepentant Abe administration.

In a message recently posted on the YouTube, Seiichi Eto, a House of Councillors member of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) , denounced the U.S. expression of "dismay at Abe's visit,"saying "It's us who are disappointed."

Eto's comments followed similar remarks by another aide to Abe. Koichi Hagiuda, a House of Representatives member from the LDP, said last month that past Republican-led U.S. administrations would not have responded in such a fashion.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday tried to avoid getting bogged down, saying Eto had only expressed his"personal views," which did not represent the government's position.

However, everybody in Japan's political circle knows that both Eto and Hagiuda are Abe's most reliable aides and the main backstage planners behind Abe's visit to the shrine, which honors top Japanese war criminals in World War II.

Their unrepentant view toward Japan's war past partly reflected the rising hawkish force in the Abe administration, which demands strong vigilance from both its neighbors and its ally, the Unites States.

Without a correct view toward the war past, the Abe administration is not drawing a lesson from history. That's why some Japanese politicians felt disappointed when Washington, Japan ' s adversary in WWII, could not "understand" them.

History can be a mirror. Washington should keep a close eye on Abe's nationalist strategy and military ambition.

Editor: Yang Yi
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