` Japan’s Minster Visited `Yasukuni Shrine ‘ Amid Controversy ‘

#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – April 12 – (RT) – Yoshitaka Shindo, Japan’s minister for internal affairs and communications, have visited the Yasukuni shrine, Japanese Jiji Press service and the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.

The temple honours Japan’s war dead, including several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II.

Chinese and South Korean authorities see the shrine as a reminder of Tokyo’s imperialist past and wartime aggression as over 1,000 war criminals from World War II are also buried there.

Japan is undergoing a period of distancing itself from its post-war pacifist policies.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his first visit to the Yasukuni shrine in his present capacity in December over protests from some other Asian nations.

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"Japan's ruling party wants to `Loosen Rules' on `Arms Exports' in a bid to to boost the `Countries Defence capability'

#AceWorldNews says Japan’s ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country’s defense capability, AFP said, citing a report published Wednesday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has submitted a draft proposal for his cabinet to approve next month.
The measure would allow Tokyo to supply weaponry to countries near to strategic sea lanes to help them fight piracy, Kyodo News reported.

Lifting the arms export ban could mark a major shift from Japan’s traditional pacifist stance and is likely to irritate China, with whom Japan is disputing ownership of several islands in the sea between the two nations.

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