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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso's Comments

2013/08/02

Q:Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Japan should follow the example of Nazi Germany's approach before the outbreak of World War II to "unwittingly" amend the Constitution in his speech during a seminar. Taro Aso also said that it is unnatural not to pay tribute to the people who died for the country. It is necessary to visit the Yasukuni Shrine quietly. What is China's comment?

A: A major Japanese leader recently stated that Japan should follow the example of Nazi Germany's approach of amending the constitution. This cannot but cause the concern and vigilance of its Asian neighbours and the international community about where Japan is heading for.

The Yasukuni Shrine issue is about whether Japan could face up to its history of aggression and respect the feelings of people from the victimized Asian countries. We urge the Japanese side to seriously reflect on history, earnestly honor its commitments on the historical issue and take concrete actions to win the trust of its Asian neighbours and the international community.

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