Taiwan ‘regrets’ Japanese lawmakers’ visit to Yasukuni Shrine

Want China Times
Date: 2015-04-23

Taiwan expressed regret Thursday over a visit by scores of Japanese

Japanese lawmakers visit the Yasukuni Shrine, April 22. (Photo/Xinhua)

Japanese lawmakers visit the Yasukuni Shrine, April 22. (Photo/Xinhua)

lawmakers to a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japan’s war dead, including executed World War II war criminals.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Anna Kao said the government regrets the visit by more than 100 Japanese lawmakers to the shrine a day earlier. The shrine is seen by many as a symbol of Japan’s wartime militarism.

Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Kao said the government urged Japanese politicians to look squarely at historical facts and reflect deeply upon themselves.     [FULL  STORY]

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