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Abe's coalition ally slams shrine visit

Updated: 2014-01-04 07:22
By Zhou Wa and Zhang Fan ( China Daily)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got himself into domestic, as well as diplomatic, hot water for his Dec 26 visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, as the head of the party allied with his coalition has joined the international community in expressing displeasure at his behavior.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito Party, an ally to the Liberal Democratic Party's ruling coalition, urged Abe to consider the concerns of other countries and try to repair relations with China and the Republic of Korea.

"The visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year has undoubtedly caused criticism from China and South Korea. Even the United States, Russia and the EU have voiced their concern and disappointment," Yamaguchi was quoted by China Central Television as saying.

Abe's coalition ally slams shrine visit