Sunday, October 16, 2005

Koizumi Blows It: Yasukini Revisited

Maybe he thinks that he can do whatever he wants now that he's won the election and destroyed his opponents.

But this time, even the Asahi Shinbun is asking questions about his next Yasukini visit:
Koizumi says that he goes to Yasukuni to extend his condolences to the souls of those who perished in past wars. However, we must ask what value there is in persisting to make these visits if they put a damper on Japan's postwar quest to build a peaceful nation, while also conspicuously narrowing the choices for diplomacy in Asia.

Hella-weak. He doesn't realize what he's doing to Japan's image abroad by honouring complete jackasses.
Why ya act dumb
Like uh-duh?
--Missy

2 comments:

Seron said...

One thing I don't think many people touch upon regarding Yasukuni is that there is an associated museum full of unapologetic nationalistic whitewash, and by visiting the shrine, even as a private citizen, he is demonstrating support for a bunch of loonies that have comments like this on their public website:

There were also 1,068 "Martyrs of Showa" who were cruelly and unjustly tried as war criminals by a sham-like tribunal of the Allied forces (United States, England, the Netherlands, China and others).

I wrote a wee bit more here.

Shamrocks! said...

Seron:

No doubt. I have heard/read about Yasukini, and some people I know who have been to Tokyo purposefully avoid going there, despite its historical relevance. They are disgusted by what they read and hear about this shrine.

I hope that Koizumi realizes that this is seriously bad for relations with China, et al.

You are spot on with your comparison, too.