Урок истории для Коидзуми

Опять в Китае, а также в Южной Корее вспыхивают протесты против ежегодного визита премьер-министра Японии Дзюнъитиро Коидзуми в храм Ясукуни. Упорство Коидзуми отдать дань памяти погибшим в годы войны, погребенным в Ясукуни, где среди похороненных - осужденные военные преступники Второй Мировой Войны, на протяжении многих лет портила отношения Японии с ее соседями. Действительно, китайский президент Ху Дзинтао непрерывно подтверждает, что он не будет проводить саммит с японским премьер-министром, который посещает Ясукуни, что большинство китайцев считают прославлением прошлой японской агрессии и колониализма.

Даже некоторые люди в Японии начинают критиковать Коидзуми. В то время, как общественность остается негативно настроенной по отношению к китайским вспышкам против Японии, недавний опрос указывает, что более 70% японцев считают текущее состояние отношений между Японией и Китаем недопустимым. Все больше людей не поддерживают ежегодное паломничество Коидзуми в Ясукуни, при этом семь бывших премьер-министров сообща требуют, чтобы он воздержался от визитов.

И все же Коидзуми не подчиняется. Более того, главный секретарь кабинета министров Шинзо Абе, у которого больше всего шансов стать его преемником, открыто заявил, что он продолжит посещать храм будучи премьер-министром. Министр иностранных дел Таро Асо, другой возможный преемник Коудзуми, призвал японского императора помолиться в Ясукуни.

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