China has summoned the Japanese ambassador in protest after members of Japan's government participated in a memorial visit to a shrine honoring fallen Japanese soldiers and officers, including war criminals.
Japan's premier, Shinzo Abe, has sent a ritual offering to a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead. Such gestures are a source of tension in the region, where the site is seen as a symbol of Japan's wartime aggression.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, recently said the key to India becoming a permanent member of the UNSC is "not to touch the veto." But why would New Delhi and other aspirants accept such a position?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is set for a two-thirds majority in Sunday's election, according to exit polls. Abe says his imminent task is to deal with the crisis over North Korea.
During a visit to South Korea, ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder called for Japan to formally apologize for forcing 200,000 Korean women to serve as "comfort women" sex slaves during World War II.
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