It is with great shame that this author must redact an August 6th article entitled “PM Abe will likely skip Yasukuni visit, not be complete asshole,” because—if rumors from a Liberal Democratic Party aide pan out—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is getting ready to make the trip.
The shrine, which memorializes Japan’s Class-A war criminals and WWII-era militarism, is a particularly touchy subject with many Chinese, especially those who really like riling up anti-Japanese sentiment whenever humanly possible. The Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reported the news:
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to visit the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by year-end, an aide in his ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Sunday. […]
[The aide] told reporters he thinks Abe will visit the shrine within one year from the launch of his current government late last year. “Some people say he should visit the shrine sometime while he is prime minister, but a visit to the shrine should be made at least once a year,” he said. […]
But Abe told reporters on Saturday, “I said in the past that it was extremely regrettable I could not visit the shrine during my previous stint (as prime minister), and I still have the same feeling.”
Still no details on exactly when Abe will swing by the shrine, but it will surely not go unnoticed in China.
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