According to Yonhap news agency, Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei offered sacrifices to the Yasukuni shrine on 17 July. Reuters said it was the first time Kan had offered a sacrifice to the Yasukuni Shrine since he took office last month.
According to the Yonhap news agency, Kan Yiwei has not visited the Yasukuni shrine or offered sacrifices during the seven years and eight months when former Prime Minister Abe was in power for the second time.
In response to the visit of some Japanese cabinet members to the Yasukuni Shrine, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry stressed that the Yasukuni shrine was the spiritual tool and symbol of Japanese militarism in launching the war of aggression against foreign countries, and there were 14 class a war criminals who were seriously responsible for the war of aggression. The practices of some Japanese political figures once again reflect Japan’s wrong attitude towards the history of aggression. We urge Japan to earnestly abide by its statement and commitment to face up to the history of introspection and aggression, and win trust from Asian neighbors and the international community with practical actions.