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New defense minister remains mum on views of modern history

  • August 5, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers wrote that in yesterday’s interviews with media outlets, Defense Minister Inada was grilled on her views of WWII, as she has previously dismissed the prevailing view that Japan waged a war of aggression. She said: “I am not in a position to state my personal viewpoints on history. I think the special statement that Prime Minister Abe issued a year ago represents the government’s position on WWII.” Asked if she plans to continue her tradition of visiting Yasukuni Shrine on August 15, she said: “I will make an appropriate judgment as a member of the Abe cabinet.”


In a related piece, Mainichi took up press remarks on Wednesday by DOS Deputy Spokesman Toner, who was asked to comment on Inada’s regular visits to Yasukuni. The U.S. official simply stated: “We continue to emphasize the importance of approaching historical legacy issues in a manner that promotes healing and reconciliation.”

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