Re­grets over Ja­pan of­fi­cial visit to Ya­sukuni Shrine

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan ex­pressed re­gret Thurs­day over a visit by scores of Ja­panese law­mak­ers to a con­tro­ver­sial shrine in Tokyo that hon­ors its war dead, in­clud­ing ex­e­cuted Ja­panese World War II war crim­i­nals.

Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs spokes­woman Anna Kao said the gov­ern­ment re­grets the visit by more than 100 Ja­panese law­mak­ers to the shrine a day ear­lier. The shrine is seen by many as a sym­bol of Ja­pan’s wartime mil­i­tarism.

Not­ing that this year marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II, Kao said the gov­ern­ment urged Ja­panese politi­cians to look squarely at his­tor­i­cal facts and re­flect deeply upon them­selves.

Kao called on Ja­pan to re­frain from ac­tions that could hurt the feel­ings of the peo­ple in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and to de­velop friendly re­la­tions with other coun­tries to pro­mote re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity.

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