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APR 25, 2013 - The Economist

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Japan and its neighbours: For whom the bell tolls

A MEETING this week between South Korea’s new foreign minister, Yun Byung-se, and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, was supposed to lay the basis for an era of closeness. But after Taro Aso, Japan’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, visited the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on April 21st, Mr Yun cancelled the trip.The shrine, according to Shinto belief, houses the spirits of over 2.4m Japanese war dead, who include among their number 14 of the country’s highest-ranking war criminals. For Japan’s neighbours its veneration has come to symbolise a lack of repentance for wartime ... Read More

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