Japan opposition leader's war shrine visit bound to anger China, Korea
News On Japan via Reuters -- Oct 17
Japan's main opposition party leader and possible next prime minister, Shinzo Abe, visited a controversial shrine for war dead on Wednesday, a move likely to further strain relations with neighbors China and South Korea.
Sino-Japanese relations have soured sharply since last month when a row over disputed islands led to violent anti-Japanese protests across China and badly hurt trade.
Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by many in the region as a symbol of Japan's war-time militarism, may fan anti-Japanese sentiment in China and North and South Korea, where memories of brutal Japanese occupation run deep.
The former prime minister, elected last month as the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader, is in a pivotal position to become the next prime minister after general elections expected within months, which the ruling Democrats behind in the polls.
Fourteen Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal are honored at the shrine along with other war dead.
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter)
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )