Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping, in an article contributed to the Jerusalem Post, has criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Yasukuni Shrine, saying the Tokyo shrine honors the “Hitler of Asia.”
During World War II, Nazi Germany committed the Holocaust and killed over 6 million Jews in Europe, Gao said. But she added, “Germans faced up to history squarely, and made sincere apologies to the Jewish people and Israel.”
On the other hand, Japanese prime ministers and other members of the Cabinet visit Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Class-A war criminals, including “Hideki Tojo, the ‘Hitler of Asia,’ the Japanese prime minister who started the Pacific War during World War II,” Gao said in the article, published in Tuesday’s edition of the English daily.
Abe visited the Shinto shrine late last month, angering China and South Korea, which regard it as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism.
“Japan has denied its history of military aggression on one hand, and on the other hand has sought the right to use force abroad,” Gao said, noting that the Japanese government is substantially increasing its defense spending.