In response to media queries on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine on 26 December 2013, the MFA Spokesman said:
“Singapore regrets the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni Shrine. Our consistent position has been that such visits reopen old grievances, and are unhelpful to building trust and confidence in the region.
Tensions in the region have been rising due to the recent series of events, actions and counter-actions, taken by a number of different parties.
The visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, occurring against this backdrop and at this time, is likely to evoke further negative feelings and reactions in the region.
It is in the interest of all parties to exercise restraint, avoid actions which might further raise tensions, and seek to create an environment of greater mutual trust and understanding.”
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
29 DECEMBER 2013