A few days ago, I reblogged Gideon Rachman‘s FT article entitled “A gaffe-prone Japan is a danger to peace in Asia – Gideon Rachman. Looking at my blog stats this morning, I was surprised to see that the reblog of the Rachman article was my most popular blog over the last seven days, with a large number of hits from Japan. So when I scanned People’s Daily Online this morning, the above featured story immediately caught my attention.
Due to the enshrinement of International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) war criminals and the nationalist approach to the war museum, the Yasukuni Shrine and the Japanese Government have been criticized by some of the East Asian countries.
Reading the People’s Daily subject article closely, it easy to see how the Chinese find the Japanese Government insensitive.
A quick scan of the People’s Daily Online revealed a series of related articles including:
- Irresponsible attitudes toward history jeopardize Japan’s future
- Japanese politicians’ shrine visits are shameless provocation
- Two Japanese ministers visit controversial Shrine
- Abe to make ritual offering at Yasukuni
- China urges Japan to reflect on history of aggression
- Japan’s PM rules out visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine
- Yasukuni visit disrespects WWII anniversary
- Time to put an end to Japanese‘ghost worship’
- A-Class war criminals should out of Yasukuni Shrine: Japanese scholar
- Ministers have freedom to visit Yasukuni Shrine: Japanese PM
Let me turn this into an open question:
Do you think that Japan’s Government has been deliberately insensitive? If so, what are the policy objectives, implications and risks?