Their neighbours may seem like they don’t want to listen to any explanation, but the Japanese government says they will continue to make them understand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. This comes after South Korea once again expressed their criticism over last month’s incident.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference that they will patiently try to explain “Japan’s way of thinking” while trying to repair relations with South Korea, who they still think of as “the most important neighbour for Japan.” Yun Byung Se, the Foreign Minister of South Korea, said on Tuesday during his visit to Washington that it would take “sincere” efforts from Japan to even attempt to better bilateral ties between the two countries. South Korean President Park Geun-hye says she has not ruled out a meeting with Abe in the near future, but added that such a summit would come only after “sufficient preparation” has been done in terms of improving the situation between the two. There have not been any formal talks between the two leaders since they both took office a year ago.
Abe’s visit to the shrine that honors Japan’s wartime dead, including 14 convicted Class A war criminals, has further strained relations with the two East Asian countries, which were already on rocky ground with the territorial dispute over the Takeshima/Dokdo Islands, and still unresolved historical issues. But Abe says that the visit to the shrine was a vow that Japan will “never wage a war again”, rather than a glorification of their militaristic past.
[ via Global Post ]
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