Yasukuni shrine visit fury mounts

Yasukuni shrine visit fury mounts

Outrage from Asian neighbours and world powers continued to grow on Friday over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial shrine.

Observers described the visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, made on Thursday, as a dangerous attempt to redefine Japan's militaristic wartime history.

The shrine honors 14 of Japan's World War II Class A war criminals among the country's war dead.

Abe's decision prompted the United States to reconsider its level of support for its Asian ally, while Russia and the European Union also voiced concerns.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated Beijing's indignation, attacking Japan's justification for the visit as "feeble and futile" and urging it to take responsibility in maintaining regional stability.

"What we have seen in the past year from Abe's words and conduct is only hypocrisy, arrogance and self-contradiction, as he tried to deny World War II aggression, a military build-up and a challenge to the post-war world order," Hua said.

"It is obvious that Abe's retrograde actions have induced condemnation from Chinese people, for which Japan should bear all the consequences," she said.

"It's Tokyo's choice - whether to reflect on history thoroughly and develop future-oriented ties with neighbours, or cling to its wrong and dangerous course, being isolated by the world."

The foreign affairs committee of the National People's Congress also issued a statement on Friday condemning Abe's visit to the shrine.

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