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Abe's tribute to Japanese 'martyrs' angers China

  • China has asked Japan to reflect on its military past and rebuild trust with its neighbors after reports emerged that Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, paid a tribute in April to over 1,000 war criminals and called them “martyrs.”

    A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said Japan “should make a clean break with militarism” and remain committed to its non-aggression post-World War 2 doctrine.

    In his written tribute, Abe had expressed his “deepest sympathy” for those convicted of war crimes after Japan lost the war.

     

    Tagged as: Japan, World War, China, Shinzo Abe, war criminals, martyrs, militarism, world news