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Japan tries to justify Abe's shrine visit

Updated: 2014-01-13 08:03
By Cai Hong in Tokyoand Zhang Yunbi in Beijing ( China Daily)

Japan has sent senior diplomats on far-flung missions worldwide to justify the troublemaking pilgrimage by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen Chinese ambassadors around the globe published articles in leading newspapers recently to criticize the hypocrisy behind the hawkish Japanese leader's "no war" pledges.

Ichita Yamamoto, Japan's minister in charge of Ocean Policy and Territorial Issues, started his six-day tour to Southeast Asia on Sunday to justify Abe's Dec 26 pilgrimage to the shrine, local media said.

Japan tries to justify Abe's shrine visit