Japan intends to strengthen its relations with

Japan intends to strengthen its relations with

Currently, the relationship between China, South Korea and Japan has become increasingly tense, especially after the Chinese military conducted military exercises near Taiwan. In this tense context, the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, made the first statements about a possible war in East Asia.

Japan will not repeat the horrors of war

Commemorating Japan’s surrender in World War II, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed that his country would never fight another war, while members of his cabinet marked the day with visits to Yasukuni Shrine, which which angered China and South Korea, as the shrine is considered a symbol of Japan’s militaristic past.

(Yasukuni Shrine is a site that honors 14 World War II Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, as well as war dead.)

Currently, bilateral ties between Japan and China are strained, especially after the Chinese military conducted military exercises around Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. During the military exercises, several missiles fell into waters inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

The anniversary commemoration’s links to the Yasukuni shrine have left Fumio Kishida facing a difficult balancing act, Reuters news agency reports.

In the dovish camp of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), his task has been to avoid irritating Japan’s neighbors and international partners while keeping the party’s right-wing members happy, especially after the assassination of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

Thus, Fumio Kishida sent an offering to the shrine in central Tokyo without visiting it in person. He also sent offerings to Yasukuni during festivals last year and this spring.

In his opinion, “We will never repeat the horrors of war. I will continue to keep this resolute oath. In a world where conflicts are still unshakable, Japan is a proactive leader in the field of peace,” Fumio Kishida said at a secular gathering elsewhere in Tokyo, which was also attended by Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, reports the news agency. Kyodo news.

In addition, Fumio Kishida has already pledged to substantially increase Japan’s defense budget amid an increasingly tense regional security environment. However, he made no mention of one of Shinzo Abe’s wishes related to revising Japan’s pacifist Constitution, although he has talked about it before.

Japan will continue to strengthen its relations with Beijing and Seoul

Japanese broadcaster NHK broadcast footage showing the shrine being visited early Monday by several cabinet ministers, including Japan’s Economic Security Minister Sanae Takaichi. Earlier, the site was also visited by Koichi Hagiuda, head of the PDL’s political research council and a key ally of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated last month.

In his opinion, “It is natural for any country to pay respect to those who gave their lives for their country. Japan will continue to strengthen its relations with its neighbors, including China and South Korea,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday.

Last week, a group of lawmakers who often visit the shrine on Aug. 15 said they would not do so because the number of people infected with Sars-Cov-2 has increased.

We note that Shinzo Abe was the last Prime Minister of Japan to visit Yasukuni during his tenure. This happened in 2013. His visit outraged both China and South Korea and even drew a rebuke from the United States of America.

In the historical context, China has sad memories of the invasion and occupation of some of its territories by imperial troops between 1931 and 1945, and South Korea (which marks this date as National Liberation Day) resents the colonization of the peninsula by to Japan between 1910 and 1945.