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Shinzo Abe Was Japanese, So Why Are Chinese Characters Engraved on His Tombstone?

Shinzo Abe’s tombstone, inscribed with Chinese characters, reflects the deep-rooted historical and cultural ties between Japan and China. Despite efforts to adopt their own writing systems, many Asian countries, including Japan, remain significantly influenced by Chinese culture. This tradition showcases the importance of Chinese characters in solemn and formal contexts in Japan, stemming from the country’s adoption and adaptation of Chinese language and culture over centuries.

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