China scathing on Abe's Yasukuni visit
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday strongly condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine, saying the Japanese leader's move has deeply hurt the feelings of Asian war victims.
"(We) strongly protest and condemn the Japanese leader's wrongdoing," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said immediately after Abe's Thursday visit to the shrine, where 14 WWII class-A war criminals are honored. Full story
Abe's shrine visit grave provocation, fuels regional tension
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine on Thursday is a grave provocation that may lead to heightened tension in the region.
The visit came at the first anniversary of Abe's taking office as prime minister. It is also the first visit by a sitting Japanese prime minister since Abe's predecessor Junichiro Koizumi visited the shrine in 2006. Full story
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