It’s not news that Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been under fire from the international community because of his recent controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. In a bid to try to fix diplomatic relations, he said he is open to having a dialogue with Chinese and South Korean leaders so he can explain his side regarding the issue.
In a news conference after a New Year’s visit to a shrine in Ise, Abe said that opening a dialogue with Japan’s neighbours is crucial for the stability of the region. “I would like to explain my true intentions regarding my visit to Yasukuni,” Abe told reporters. However he says that there are no formal or direct approaches yet to either countries, but Japan’s door for a dialogue is always open. He admits that there are issues that need to be discussed with both countries, but there are no plans yet for a summit meeting.
Abe’s visit to the shrine that honors Japan’s war dead was the first for a prime minister since Junichiro Koizumi. Former WWII colonies, and even Japan’s closest ally, the United States, were critical of the move, as some feel it glorifies their militaristic past, due in part to the fact that several convicted Class A war criminals are among those the shrine is meant to honor. But Abe says that it is part of his administration’s vow to honor the commitment of never going to war again. He believes that if he is given the chance to explain, he will be able to make them understand that Japan is not going against their pro-active pacifism and their “pursuit of peace.”
[ via Reuters ]
Comments Off on JDP Startup Corner: Pros & Cons of Working with a Partner in Japan