Regrets over Japan official visit to Yasukuni Shrine
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.