Taiwan ‘regrets’ Yasukuni Shrine visit

Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Oct 22, 2012 - Page 3

Taiwan yesterday expressed regret over a recent visit by Japanese Cabinet officials to a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors its war dead, including World War II war criminals.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said the ministry was aware of Japanese media reports that Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Yuichiro Hata and Japanese Postal Minister Mikio Shimoji visited the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by many as a symbol of Japan’s war-time militarism, on Thursday.

Hsia expressed regret over the move by the Japanese officials, saying their visit to the shrine hurt Japan’s ties with neighboring countries. Hsia called on Japanese politicians of the ruling and opposition parties to look squarely at historical facts, deeply reflect upon themselves and develop friendly relations with other countries.