Abe's tribute to Japanese 'martyrs' angers China
August 28 , 2014
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.