BEIJING C.J. Mosley Jersey , Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried again to manipulate world opinion on his attitudes towards historical issues, this time at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday.

In an effort to justify his war shrine visit, Abe told the forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos that his "praying for the souls of the departed" should be regarded as "something quite natural for a leader of any country in the world."

What he failed to mention was that the Yasukuni shrine also honors 14 Class-A convicted war criminals, who masterminded the Japanese invasion of many Asian countries and were held accountable for the massacres and atrocities committed in the region during World War II.

Yasukuni shrine is not like Arlington, the major cemetery for the United States' war dead. Some of the "souls" in the shrine were warmongers and coldblooded killers that represent the "glorious past" of Japan and its militaristic tradition.

The world will not accept a German leader worshipping Hitler's tombstone, nor an Italian leader praying to Mussolini for peace.

However, the Japanese wartime leaders that allied with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy are still honored in the Yasukuni shrine and paid tribute to by the Japanese prime minister.

Abe can never find an acceptable excuse for visiting the war shrine, because the sole purpose of his visit was to gain political capital.

In order to strengthen his ruling base, Abe has been pandering to right-wing forces in Japan and fanning nationalism by whitewashing and glorifying Japan's militaristic past.

The shrine visit was a calculated move to build his image as the great leader for Japan's militaristic revival.

Singing to international audience about "peace and stability" in Asia and Japan's willingness to improve relations with China and South Korea, Abe was playing a double-dealer game.

He insisted on visiting the Yasukuni shrine despite previous protests from neighboring countries against such moves by Japanese leaders. If there was any sincerity in Abe's rhetoric about improving ties with Japan's neighbors, he should not have visited the shrine in the first place.

Instead of honestly reflecting on history and making real efforts to reduce tension in the region, Abe went on the stage of the WEF and advocated the idea of China being a threat in Asia-Pacific.

Abe's attempt to instigate a united stand against China will be in vain as he stands on the wrong side of history. Japan, kidnapped by its right wing, needs to come to its senses and stop moving further away from healthy partnership with its neighboring countries.


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BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's distorted view toward the country's wartime atrocities is undoing his every effort to seek a bigger role for Japan in global affairs.

In less than two months, Abe, the grandson of Japanese war criminal Kishi Nobusuke, enraged many of Japan's neighbors and trapped Washington, Tokyo's ally, in an awkward position. Full story

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China warns against provocative action by Japan on Diaoyu Islands

BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday warned against any provocative action and escalation by Japan on the Diaoyu Islands issue in response to a reported plan by Japan to claim the islands in a guideline for creating school textbooks.

"If the Japanese side takes steps of provocation and escalation on the Diaoyu Islands issue, China will surely stand up to them, and Japan must bear all the ensuing consequences," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing. Full story

Abe leading Japan in dangerous direction: Chinese ambassador

MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine and his government's provocative policies towards neighboring countries are leading Japan in a very dangerous direction, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui said Friday.

In an article published by Russia's Interfax news agency, Li strongly condemned Abe's Dec. 26 visit to the shrine, which honors Japan's war dead, including 14 convicted class-A World War II war criminals. Full story

Abe's shrine visit sends out worrying signal: Chinese envoy

EDINBURGH, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine sent out a signal that should worry the world, said a Chinese envoy on a local Scottish newspaper on Friday.

In a signed article published by The Scotsman, Li Ruiyou, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, said Abe's visit to the shrine on Dec. 26, 2013 triggered a great deal of anger and condemnation by the peoples and governments of China, South Korea and other Asian countries. Full story

Abe's war shrine visit mirrors unrepentant view of Japan's wartime aggression: Chinese ambassador

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent homage at a controversial war-linked shrine mirrors the unrepentant view of Japan's wartime aggression and undermines his stated aim to increase Japan's engagement in safeguarding world peace, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai said Thursday.

In an opinion piece published on The Washington Post website, Cui said the dispute over Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine is about more than symbolism because it reveals his real intention for Japan's future and casts doubt upon his willingness to build an atmosphere of trust, respect and equality in East Asia.


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