**China Calls on Japan to ‘Reflect on Its History of Aggression**
China called for Japan to “sincerely reflect on its history of aggression,” a day after Tokyo confirmed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honoring World War Two-era Japanese war criminals.
Prime Minister Abe’s note was read at an April ceremony held at a temple in western Japan to honor hundreds of convicted and suspected war criminals. In the note, Mr. Abe expressed grief for the death of the wartime leaders, who he said "sacrificed their souls to become the foundation of the country."
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday acknowledged Mr. Abe sent the note, but said the move was made in his capacity as head of Japan's ruling party, and not as prime minister.
On Thursday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang called on Japan to “make a clean break with militarism” in order to help provide a foundation for better relations with its Asian neighbors.
The top leaders of China and South Korea have refused to meet with Prime Minister Abe since he visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 14 "Class A" war criminals.
**EU to take more responsibility for rescuing African migrants**
The European Union is acceding to demands by Italy to take more responsibility for rescuing African migrants who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.
EU Home Affairs chief Cecilia Malmstrom said Wednesday she hopes to launch operation "Frontex Plus" by November. She is calling on all EU members to contribute planes, ships and personnel.
Italy has been demanding the EU take on more responsibility for rescuing migrants fleeing to Europe to escape war and turmoil in places such as Libya, Syria and Iraq.
Italy says it has rescued more than 100,000 people so far this year, but that nearly 2,000 others have died trying to make the crossing.