Drift rightward has been building for years

Feb 14, 2014

Drift rightward has been building for years

by Ayako Mie

Fashion model Junko Amo made headlines on Aug. 15, 2002, when she initiated a visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine with a group of some 180 people she met via 2channel, Japan’s biggest Internet forum. Amo, now 35, said she developed strong feelings for the ...

Jan 22, 2014

China, Koreas rap Japan over history at U.N. meet

Representatives from China and the two Koreas criticized Japan over historical issues at a Monday executive board meeting of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Japanese officials at the world body said. Their criticism was leveled at Prime Minister ...

Jan 20, 2014

Putin avoids criticizing Abe in interview with Chinese TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a recent interview with state-run China Central Television, stopped short of criticizing Japan over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit last month to Tokyo’s war-related Yasukuni Shrine — a trip that infuriated Beijing and Seoul. Alluding to Abe’s visit to ...

Abe aide takes aim at U.S. over response to Yasukuni visit

Jan 18, 2014

Abe aide takes aim at U.S. over response to Yasukuni visit

A top aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lashed out Friday at U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration for expressing disappointment over the Japanese leader’s contentious visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, saying past Republican-led U.S. administrations would not have responded in such a fashion. ...

Jan 14, 2014

GOP lawmaker prods Kishi on South Korea relations

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi discussed the contentious visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his older brother, to Yasukuni Shrine with Republican Rep. Steve Chabot on Monday, the U.S. lawmaker said. At a meeting in Washington, Chabot, a member of the House of ...