Jan 11, 2014

Abe Yasukuni trip aim not lost on U.S. leaders

A group of ruling party members is alleging that U.S. government officials and lawmakers they met with in Washington understood the aim of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine, a move roundly lambasted throughout Asia. The lawmakers from Abe’s Liberal ...

Jan 8, 2014

Seoul calls for action to resolve disputes

The South Korean foreign minister called Tuesday for “sincere” actions to defuse the tension over wartime history in Northeast Asia, pressing Japanese leaders to take a more conciliatory tone. Yun Byung-se said after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington that ...

Park throws cold water on chances for Abe summit

Jan 6, 2014

Park throws cold water on chances for Abe summit

South Korean President Park Geun-hye hinted Monday that a bilateral summit with Japan won’t take place anytime soon. Because a summit between South Korean and Japanese leaders should be a positive factor for development of bilateral relations, thorough preparations are needed, Park said at ...

Jan 1, 2014

Abe should follow Brandt's lead: Xinhua editorial

Chinese state media kept up the heat on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the first day of 2014, urging him to learn from Germany in dealing with divisive historical issues. “Abe’s conspicuous lack of historical honesty contrasts shamefully with the courage and vision ...

Dec 27, 2013

Another backward step by Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit Thursday to Yasukuni Shrine, Japan’s war shrine, is a thoughtless act that could lead Japan into isolation in the international community. It also revealed his shallow understanding of the immense destruction that Japan’s wars in the 1930s and 1940s ...