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May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said he plans to keep visiting Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial to Japan's war dead that includes 14 World War II leaders convicted of war crimes.

Abe is a leading candidate to replace Junichi Koizumi, whose visits to Yasukuni shrine have drawn protests from China and South Korea. Koizumi steps down as prime minister in September. Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said yesterday the new leader should stay away from the shrine.

``My view on visits to Yasukuni Shrine is the same as I have explained many times,'' Abe said at a regular press conference. ``If there is any misunderstanding, it's important to explain our views sincerely to China and South Korea and try to resolve such misunderstandings.''

The South Korean and Chinese governments say the visits show Japan hasn't truly atoned for its wartime aggression and have canceled summit meetings with Koizumi. Koizumi says he goes to the shrine in a personal capacity to pay respect to all people who died in the war and to reaffirm a pledge that Japan will never wage war again.

``If it's important to improve (relations), it's better not to go,'' Mori said in a television talk show yesterday. ``Koizumi says it's a matter of spirituality, but it has become a matter of politics. This does not benefit Japan's national interest.''

Abe and Yasuo Fukuda, both members of Mori's faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, are the frontrunners to win the party leadership election in September, when Koizumi steps down. The leader of the ruling party automatically becomes prime minister because the LDP has most seats in parliament.

Abe has consistently topped public opinion polls on who should succeed Koizumi.

``It is a truly unhappy situation,'' Fukuda told an audience in Nagoya two days ago, referring to the state of relations with Japan's neighbors, the daily Mainichi Shimbun reported.

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Post time 2006-5-29 15:28:58 |Display all floors
If Abe become Prime Minister, the hope to improve Sino-Japan relations is dim.

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Post time 2006-5-29 16:02:19 |Display all floors

The Japanese Thugs' Grand Strategy

Like Rummie was openly opining, "Who's threatening you?"

Japan's bellicosity and refusal to atone is strategic.  To whip up sufficient nationalism to amend its constitution, Japan needs an alleged external threat.  N. Korea simply does not cut it as a credible threat.  But to Koizumi, Abe and Aso, and the rest of the ruling elite in Japan, they need an excuse to bury the "peace constitution," and replace it with one that legitimizes the ultrarapid remilitarization of Japan.  

Actually that militarization had been ongoing for almost 30 years now, and Japan has stockpiled sufficient parts and components for equipping the world's second most expensive military.  By burying the military budget within that of its industrial behemoths - the same that funded and drove the WW II efforts, Japan actually had a military budget about 3 times as big as that officially stated, for the most of the last 30 years.  

The resurgence of Japanese militarism is indeed the most worrisome for the world, because of its history and culture of blind brutality and bloodthirstiness, and its technological prowess.

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Post time 2006-5-30 17:38:45 |Display all floors

See the big picture

Originally posted by tongluren at 2006-5-29 16:02
The resurgence of Japanese militarism is indeed the most worrisome for the world, because of its history and culture of blind brutality and bloodthirstiness, and its technological prowess.


With respect, nationalism combined with military strength (modern China) is far more worrying. The Japanese have every right to be concerned about repeated provocation from the Chinese government (e.g. submarines sent into Japanese waters) and the endless stream of hateful propaganda directed at them.

Their history and culture have nothing to do with it; this is just what you have been taught to focus on. You need to widen your focus, Tong, and accept China's contribution to poor Sino - Japanese relations. Go on; surprise me!

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Post time 2006-5-30 18:11:59 |Display all floors

Ghosts of the past

Originally posted by tongluren at 29-5-2006 09:02
N. Korea simply does not cut it as a credible threat.


North Korea test-fired a long-range missile OVER Japan some years back. It also has threatened to use nuclear weapons against its neighbours.

Japan actually had a military budget about 3 times as big as that officially stated, for the most of the last 30 years.


Where did you get that from? Really that's a serious allegation - I'd like to see your source on that. SIPRI, an organisation that does research into nations' military budgets, actually said that Japan's budget was slightly lower than the official estimate.

The resurgence of Japanese militarism is indeed the most worrisome for the world, because of its history and culture of blind brutality and bloodthirstiness, and its technological prowess.


Is that why a majority of Asian countries supported Japan's bid to the UNSC? It's a bit of a shame, because some people in China and Korea delude themselves into thinking their belief in Japan being a threat is supported by the rest of the world. It isn't. Most countries have absolutely no problem with Japan because they know it's a peaceful country now.

You need to throw off your paranoia from the past and move into the 21st century.

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