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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Yasukuni, the eternal problem

Oh yeah, can a week go by without this being an issue or the whiney right-wing thugazens in Japan crying about how it is a 'religious' 'personal' matter that shouldn't be an issue. What a bunch of hooey.

The latest.
South Korea's president would find it hard to visit Japan if Japan's prime minister kept visiting the controversial Yasukuni shrine, a Korean official said.

"Unless the problem related to the understanding of past history is resolved, I believe a visit by the president to Japan will be difficult," South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Ban Ki-moon said Monday while meeting Japanese reporters, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Tuesday.

When asked if a declaration by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi or the next prime minister of an intention to visit the shrine would make it difficult for President Roh Moo-hyun to visit Japan, Ban answered, "That's right."

Gee, you think? This abomination is a slap in the face to those that sacrificed everything to stop the imperialistic agression of Japan during first half of the 20th century.

South Korea has objected to Koizumi's visits to the Tokyo Shinto shrine, because the thousands of Japanese war dead honored at the shrine include several known war criminals.
That and the wonderful museum attached showing just how abused Japan was and how they had 'no choice but to defend themselves against the evil America.'

The Japanese government did not allocate money in the 2006 budget to build an alternative state-run memorial to the war dead.

"(An alternative) facility could be a way to resolve the Yasukuni problem, but I'm not in a position to say anything about that, because it's a domestic issue for Japan," Ban said.
Of course not! Why in the world would Japan take the sensible approach that would resolve this issue nearly once and for all? Why? Because it would upset the whiney right-wing thugazens in Japan.