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Tokyo Ignores Obama's 'Red Line' on Yasakuni Shrine Visits Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Dec 26, 2013, 11:27 PM

President Barack Obama threatened Tokyo that he would draw a 'Red Line' to prevent Japanese government officials from visiting the Yasakuni Shrine, which pays homage to Japan's World War II. war criminals. Accordingly, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by visiting the site.

The Japan Times reports that, "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday after the United States urged him not to do so, prompting Washington to use harsher than normal language in criticizing him, a U.S. official said."

US diplomatic sources have disclosed that Obama's 'Red Line' bluffing has become "useless" in the eyes of the world. Hence, Tokyo officials can ignore Obama without fear of retaliation.

As reported by the Japan Times, "The Obama administration repeatedly asked Abe through informal channels not to visit the Tokyo shrine, knowing it would draw strong reactions from Beijing and Seoul, and worrying it would develop into a major international problem, the first U.S. official said."

US diplomats failed to prevent Tokyo from visiting the Yasakuni Shrine, which is showing that even allies of the United States do not listen to Obama.

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