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Taiwan expresses its 'regret' at Japan PM's Yasukuni visit: MOFA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan expressed “regret” over the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a controversial shrine honoring Japanese soldiers who perished in World War II, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) said the Taiwanese government is “extremely regretful” and cannot accept the move made by the Japanese prime minister, who visited Yasukuni Shrine yesterday morning.

The visit “hurts the feelings of people in neighboring countries as well as Japan's ties with those countries,” the minister said.

Lin called on the Japanese government to look squarely at historical facts, deeply reflect on them and work to develop friendly relations with other countries.

Abe visited the controversial shrine yesterday morning, one year after he took office. It was the first visit by a sitting Japanese prime minister since Junichiro Koizumi went to mark the end of WWII in 2006.

According to foreign media reports, Abe said his visit to Yasukuni was “to pledge and determine that never again will people suffer in war.” He said it was “not intended to hurt Chinese or South Koreans.”

The shrine is controversial as it honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 14 WWII war criminals who committed atrocities in China, Korea, and other Asia-Pacific countries. Both China and South Korea have condemned the visits.

December 27, 2013    flurnbox@
Yea I think Taiwan has bigger things to worry about than a Japanese person visiting their ancestors’ shrine... things like CHINA.
December 27, 2013    cloggedwithguts@
At least Taiwan has the guts now to speak against a visit of the JAPanese Prime Minister to a shrine that honors WAR CRIMINALS.
December 28, 2013    cloggedwithREALguts@
@cloggedwithguts:
Taiwan has as much "guts" as you: barely enough to "speak out" in a brief-worded overly general formal statement after China, South Korea, and even the US have already done so. Tomorrow, the ROC will be kissing Japan's **** again in fishery and other negotiations.
January 3, 2014    carltanong@
Abe visiting the war criminal shrine YASUKUNI means he approved Japan, Emperor Hirohito and the war criminal the RIGHTS to commit atrocity against the whole Asians people.

Abe might be silently shouting BANZAI!!!
Abe might be talking by himself "My Emperor Hirohito. I bow to you for your wisdom to commit atrocities and massacre those Asians people.
Abe might swear to Emperor Hirohito that Japan will rise.......do it again.
January 5, 2014    ihue51@
(cloggedwithguts:
Taiwan has as much "guts" as you: barely enough to "speak out" in a brief-worded overly general formal statement after China, South Korea, and even the US have already done so. Tomorrow, the ROC will be kissing Japan's **** again in fishery and other negotiations.)
You know out of the mentioned only Taiwan really has the moral right to say anything. Just recently China celebrated Mao Ze-dong who caused the death of between 48 and 78 million of his people. Who does that to their people, kind of sick, don't you think. Both South Korea and the U.S. have war shines to a conflict they didn't even declare to be a war. They fought in Vietnam just to practice war. They never really tried to stop North Vietnam; it was practice. Just during the Easter offensive the U.S. killed 75.000 Vietnamese while losing only a few hundred. That is called a massacre for no reason because they thought war was costing too much. Why did they even go? They killed nearly a million North Vietnamese while they were there. The South Koreans were there too. In 1966 during a raid on some villages the Koreans massacred 1,600 civilians. So as far as celebrating war crimes go, only Taiwan has a right to "cast any stones".
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