China, U.S. critical of Japanese PM's Yasukuni visitUpdated: 2013-12-27 PM 2:29:33 (KST)
China and the U.S. have let their feelings be known about Prime Minister Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine.
China - one of the major victims of Japan's wartime aggression - strongly condemned the visit saying it glorified Japan's history of militaristic aggression.
"What Abe has done is taking Japan to a dangerous direction. Lessons must be learned from history. The international community, including China, should step up their vigilance, and not allow Japan to retrace its historical steps."
The United States, one of Japan's closest allies, feels especially let down as Abe clearly ignored Secretary of State John Kerry AND Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's advice, during their visit to Japan in October to avoid visiting the war shrine.
Reiterating sentiments expressed by the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, the State Department said Washington was disappointed Abe had taken an action which would clearly have severe diplomatic consequences.
Taiwan, once a Japanese colony, condemned Abe's visit, urging Tokyo to face facts and remember the lessons from history.
Abe's visit has certainly pleased his conservative supporters at home but it has undoubtedly worsened Tokyo's relations with its neighbors and its most important ally, the United States.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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