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In December 2013, the hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which among others, honours people considered 'war criminals' by countries such as China. This sparked off a war of words via a series of newspaper articles and media statements between Japanese and Chinese officials.

These statements heavily made references to a famous book series, which started because of an op-ed (in Jan 2014) by the Japanese Ambassador to Britain. An excerpt:

If militarism is like the haunting [something] of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of [related to something], representing the darkest parts of that nation's soul.
Which series?

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This day last year: Q.870

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