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Harry Potter and the Ambassador’s Ire

“If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasakuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of the nation’s soul”

BRITAIN

Potter fan, Liu

China’s ambassador to Britain compares Japan with the “dark wizard” from the Harry Potter books. Liu Xiaoming spoke to the Daily Telegraph after Japan’s leader Abe Shinzo visited a shrine where Japanese war criminals are remembered. Japan’s ambassador to the UK rebuffed the comment, saying it was China that was behaving like Voldemort by starting an arms race.


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