Japan's Abe wants to explain shrine visit to China, South Korea
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was keen to hold a dialogue with the leaders of China and South Korea to explain his recent visit to Yasukuni war shrine that infuriated the two countries.
"There should be no preconditions, but leaders should be frank and have talks. I hope China and South Korea will take the same position," Mr Abe said on Monday at a New Year news conference after visiting the sacred Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture, western Japan,
“Seeking dialogue with China and South Korea is extremely important for the peace and security of this region... the door for dialogue is open,” he said.
Mr Abe infuriated Beijing and Seoul with a surprise visit to the controversial Yasukuni war Shrine in central Tokyo on Dec 26, the first by a premier in seven years.