Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to never again
wage war on the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender,
while members of his cabinet marked the date with visits to a
controversial shrine, moves set to anger China and South Korea,
The anniversary commemoration’s links to Yasukuni, a site that
honours 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by
an Allied tribunal, as well as war dead, saw Kishida face a tricky
balancing act on Monday.
On the dovish side of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP), his task was to avoid irking international neighbours and
partners while still keeping the more right-wing members of the
party happy – particularly after the killing of former premier
Shinzo Abe last month.