After Sunday’s elections gave support from both houses of parliament to PM Shinzo Abe’s LDP party, the wonderfully objective Chinese State Media had more than enough editorial-fodder to cover WWII-apologies, Diaoyu Island confrontations, visits to various shrines, and their entire checklist of anti-Japan articles.
A personal favorite is Xinhua’s “Rightist swagger no remedy to Japan’s ills,” published the day before the elections. The author warns:
[The] prime minister and other Japanese politicians wrongfully chose to indulge a rightist tilt and constantly provoke Japan’s neighbors on sensitive territorial and historical issues. […]
In a television show earlier this month, the prime minister once again provoked Japan’s neighbors by trying to glorify the country’s militarist past.
With such sheer offensive remarks and moves in the run-up to the election, the future direction of Japan raises concerns and doubts among many regional observers.
China Daily also published an article entitled, “Abe leading Japan astray,” where it noted:
China has tried to allow for the peaceful settlement of the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands by advocating the two countries adhere to their previous consensus that they shelve the dispute and jointly develop the resources.
But Abe persists in staging provocative shows that are alienating Japan from its neighbors.
Abe’s beggar-thy-neighbor policy is leading Japan up a blind alley, where it will be a pariah in the international community.
Chinese state op-eds aside, however, some have an optimistic view about the PM’s new support in the Diet. Bloomberg interviewed Taro Kano, a Japanese LDP lawmaker, who believed that “he [Abe] will be focusing on fixing the relationship with China,” during his next years in office.
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