Japan is having a tough time with diplomacy lately. China has demanded Japan clarify statements made about China's rise economically. Abe suggested in the UK Friday that China had some how cheated in its rise saying, "China found a back door into economic progress."
Koreans are still fuming over LDP member Nobuyuki Suzuki appearing on several Japanese television shows and stating that the sex slaves were Korean women who willingly worked as prostitutes. Suzuki has also defaced sex slave monuments in Seoul and now it appears he may have defaced a sex slave monument in Palisades Park, New Jersey, USA. Security camera footage released by Fox News shows a man looking just like Suzuki placing a sign in English stating, "Sex slaves were prostitutes. Do not believe Korean lies."
Both are fuming over the fact that Abe in February stated, "The Kono Statement needs to be revisited and revised. Japan is finding little to apologize for in the fact Japan was liberating Asia from European colonialism and bringing modern advancement to other nations."
Now there is more from his visit in Germany on Wednesday that angered not only Japan's Asian neighbors but also Germany and many EU nations and this could be what chilled trade talks with the EU. Abe simply talked past what needed to be said.