Japanese Right-Wing Group Member Criticizes Abe

Write : 2014-03-01 14:03:51 Update : 2014-03-01 16:31:10

Japanese Right-Wing Group Member Criticizes Abe

A leading member of a major right-wing group in Japan has criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting the controversial Yasukuni shrine.

Kunio Suzuki, a founder and advisor of the right-wing group Issuikai, said in an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun that visiting the Yasukuni shrine which honors class-A war criminals is equal to denying the International Military Tribunal for the Far East that tried Tokyo's leaders after World War Two.

Suzuki said arguing that Japan did nothing wrong in the past displays one's lack of courage to face up to its failures and has nothing to do with patriotism. He added that true patriots love their nation despite its flaws, not because it has never failed or made mistakes.

Suzuki also pointed out that unlike in the past, there are no heavy weights in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who act as a channel for dialogue with China and South Korea. He said the current Japanese administration seems to seek political stability by provoking South Korea and China.

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