Abe tries to in­flame tem­pers in Asia

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James Fal­lows, a na­tional cor­re­spon­dent for The At­lantic Monthly, said, “there is al­most noth­ing a Ja­panese prime min­is­ter could have done that would have in­flamed tem­pers more along the Ja­pan-Chi­naSouth Korea-US axis than to make this visit”.

“Amer­i­cans who visit the ‘his­tor­i­cal’ mu­seum at the shrine ( as I have done) will note its por­trayal of Ja­pan be­ing “forced” into World War II by US eco­nomic and mil­i­tary en­cir­clement,” Fal­lows wrote in his lat­est on­line ar­ti­cle.

Abe is de­lib­er­ately stir­ring up the sit­u­a­tion to “make sure the ten­sion does not fade away”, said Feng Wei, a pro­fes­sor of Ja­panese stud­ies at Fu­dan Univer­sity in Shang­hai.

“Be­cause there will be no more ex­cuses for his plan of re­vis­ing Ja­pan’s paci­fist Con­sti­tu­tion if there is no ten­sion in Ja­pan’s neigh­bor­hood,” Feng said.

e visit was made as Abe’s pub­lic sup­port this month dropped to a record low since he re­took of­fice last De­cem­ber.

Ak­i­hiro Non­aka, a pro­fes­sor at the School of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence at Waseda Univer­sity in Tokyo, said “the en­shrin­ing of the Class A crim­i­nals is un­con­sti­tu­tional, ac­cord­ing to Ja­pan’s Supreme Court”.

“He does not show re­spect for the count­less Asian peo­ple who died in the war,” Non­aka added.

Zhou Yong­sheng, a pro­fes­sor of Ja­panese stud­ies at China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity, said what is be­hind Abe’s pil­grim­age is the ac­cel­er­at­ing pace of the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment in seek­ing a right-wing style of gov­ern­ing, which is “bring­ing a huge threat to re­gional peace”.

“As Abe is bent on elim­i­nat­ing all leg­isla­tive re­stric­tions against Ja­panese armed forces wag­ing a war, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will be un­able to rein in Ja­pan from tak­ing such a dan­ger­ous step,” Zhou warned.

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