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Japan opposition leader fears PM Abe may be a 'destabilising' factor in region

Published on Apr 9, 2014 10:16 AM
 
Japan's main opposition leader on Tuesday chided Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (above) for conservative statements on war history and voiced fear he could be a "destabilising" factor in East Asia. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Japan's main opposition leader on Tuesday chided Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for conservative statements on war history and voiced fear he could be a "destabilising" factor in East Asia.

On a visit to Washington, Mr Banri Kaieda, president of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said he remained fully committed to the country's past expressions of regret for its wartime behavior.

Mr Kaieda said that the Abe government's remarks and actions had alienated Japan's neighbours as well as its United States and European allies by "fueling suspicions that Prime Minister Abe may be a historical revisionist".

"I clearly reject historical revisionism and will oppose it," Mr Kaieda said at the Brookings Institution think-tank, vowing that his party "will safeguard the mature democracy fostered by post-war Japanese society".

 
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