South Korea is not alone in expressing opposition to Japanese officials’ visit to Yasukuni Shrine on August 15th, the anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces in World War II. China has also expressed its disapproval on Tuesday, urging cabinet members not to pursue their plans of visit. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, “China will never accept it.”
For both China and South Korea, Japanese government officials visiting the historical shrine, which the two countries consider a symbol of Japan’s aggression, is a way of showing no remorse of what Japan has done during WWII. China has also urged the Japanese Government to “speak and act cautiously, and take concrete actions to win the trust of its neighboring countries in Asia and the international community.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will make no visit to Yasukuni Shrine on the 15th, but he also said that he will not forbid a cabinet member who wants to do so. Imadate native Tomomi Inada, Minister of State for Administrative Reform, is said to reckon visiting Yasukuni Shrine. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a visit to the shrine is a way of denying Japan’s torment to the countries it occupied in the past. The shrine is home to the Japanese who died during wartime, including high-ranking officials who were charged by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) with war crimes.