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Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine, located in Tokyo, Japan, is dedicated to over 2,466,000 Japanese soldiers and servicemen who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan in the last 150 years. It also houses one of the few Japanese war museums dedicated to World War II.The shrine is at the center of an international  controversy by honoring war criminals convicted by a post World War II court including 14 'Class A' war criminals. Japanese politicians, including prime ministers and cabinet members have paid visits to Yasukuni Shrine in recent years which caused criticism and protests from China, Korea, and Taiwan. 


Beijing and Seoul furious at Shinzo Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine

Japanese PM rebuked by coalition partner and the US after stoking tensions with neighbours

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 December, 2013, 10:05am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 12:12pm


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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine yesterday that honours Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals, infuriating China and South Korea and prompting a rare expression of concern from the US about deteriorating ties between the East Asian neighbours.

Instead of a pledge against war … the visit is a calculated provocation

China's Foreign Ministry called the visit to the Yasukuni Shrine a "brazen" act and later summoned Japan's ambassador to Beijing to express "strong opposition" to the visit.

"Japan must bear full responsibility for the serious political consequences," Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as telling the Japanese ambassador.

A Xinhua commentary said: "Choosing a sensitive time to visit a highly controversial and notorious place, Abe knows perfectly what he is doing and the consequences. Instead of a pledge against war, as Abe has claimed, the visit is a calculated provocation to stoke further tension."

South Korea called Abe's visit "anachronistic behaviour".

"We can't help deploring and expressing anger at the prime minister's visit," Seoul's culture minister Yoo Jin-ryong said.

Television carried live video of Abe's motorcade making its way to the shrine, which honours Japan's 2.5 million war dead, including 14 class-A war criminals from the second world war. Abe bowed before following a Shinto priest into an inner sanctum.

A conservative who took office for a second term one year ago, Abe said criticism that visits to Yasukuni were an act of worshipping war criminals was based on a misunderstanding.

"Unfortunately, a Yasukuni visit has largely turned into a political and diplomatic issue," he said. "It is not my intention to hurt the feelings of the Chinese and Korean people."

Watch: Japan PM Abe visits Yasukuni war shrine

The US embassy in Tokyo said it was "disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions". It said the US "hopes that both Japan and its neighbours will find constructive ways to deal with sensitive issues from the past".

The head of Abe's coalition partner, the Buddhist-backed New Komeito - which had urged him not to make the pilgrimage - called the visit regrettable.

The Japanese embassy in Beijing warned its nationals to stay away from demonstrations and not congregate in big groups.

A meeting between Vice-Premier Liu Yandong and Japanese lawmakers scheduled for yesterday in Beijing was cancelled. But Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the visit was a personal matter.

Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse


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A Kuro
You are right. If only the WWII Vets especially those US Marines who are still alive agrees with you. They must all be suffering from amnesia or have grown senile. Otherwise they will use you for some target practice with bayonets like the Japanese did in WWII. Not too long ago we see a lot of Japan bashing in the USA. Japanese have a sadistic syndrome and admire their conquerors and are extremely grateful to Truman for ending the war they started by dropping the two atomic bombs and subsequently hanging those class A war criminals now enshrined at the Yasukuni War Shrine. If your mother was a comfort-woman you wouldn't be such a **** unless you also suffer from the sadistic syndrome.
the visit is really expected and nothing out of the ordinary from abe. judging from his recent actions and preaching wherever he goes about the china threat,,blah blah blah....why should we be surprised by his visit.
abe is an idiot and will always be one...and to even suggest that only china and korea makes a big deal out of this while claiming that asean will back and understand him is nothing short of a joke.
Pure gibberish from your part...which part do you not understand about this shrine that you seem to worship and adore ? use your brain....if the Japanese troops were in any country based on what they were capable of doing dat time, do you honestly think they will not continue this slaughter....look into other countries they have invaded...did we pelted roses and a big welcome liberation banner for the ****...NO...they systematically continue their atrocities everywhere and those killers were enshrined there at your beloved YS.
and what business has Mao got to do with this shrine and exactly what is your point here ? did you not read A Kuro comment on your comment ???
Ignorance is boundless.
War crimes committed by war criminals against people of other countries are not internal affairs.
Wow. I thought China prided itself on "non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations." Guess not.
M Miyagi
A miserable git like you not only a piece of **** but a low-life. Why not get yourself enshrined in the Yasukuni Shrine? Abe will be happy to pray to you.
It seems there's a misunderstanding between our topics...must be the language barrier. The only question you asked which I understood is, why bring up Mao Zedong when the article is regarding the Yasukuni Shrine. The answer is at this same moment when the CCP is criticizing the Japanese for committing their atrocities in China, they are also praising a man (Mao Zedong) who has caused even more death and suffering than the Japanese caused throughout the entire WW2. You DON'T think there was murder, rape, torture, starvation, etc. under the CCP?? And the death tolls, no comparison. More Chinese were killed in less time under the rule of the CCP.
BTW, the obvious difference is that the Japanese soldiers did not land and occupy USA...where did I say the usa had invaded Japan and will commit those atrocities...
which part do you need me to further clarify ??
Actually, a fair number of Asian nations collaborated openly with the Japanese during the war and they too have never atoned. Indonesia for example worked with the Japanese because of the promise that the Japanese would release Indonesia from the Dutch. Thailand also openly collaborated. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos all were at least passive given that the French had been conquered by the Germans and the Vichy but ceded to the Japanese. China's resistance to the Japanese was lukewarm at best as Mao and Chiang spent more time trying to defeat one another than the Japanese. The only ones who seem to have focused on challenging the Japanese are the Filipinos. And while China complains about the Japanese worshipping war criminals they are about to embark on a set of festivals to commemorate the birth of the man who drove the most notable mass murders of the 20th century. So who is worshipping devils, amigo?
Mao Zedong killed more Chinese than the Japanese ever did in WW2, or for that matter, in all of history



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