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. 

Japanese families want war criminal names dropped from Yasukuni Shrine

The Yasukuni Shrine honours 2.5 million war dead. Photo: Reuters

Some members of an influential group that represents families of Japanese war dead are urging managers of a controversial Tokyo shrine to remove the names of 14 convicted war criminals, an official said yesterday.

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014, 9:18pm

Protest lodged with Japan over visit by ministers to Yasukuni Shrine

Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo yesterday. Photo: Reuters

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing last night lodged a protest with the Japanese embassy over a visit by three Japanese cabinet ministers to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, Japanese diplomats said.

20 Oct 2014 - 7:55pm 1 comment

Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe shake hands despite latest war shrine visit

A group of Japanese parliamentarians follow a Shinto priest during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine yesterday. Photo: AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shook hands with Premier Li Keqiang in Milan yesterday, despite a mass visit by Japanese lawmakers to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:50am 2 comments

Japanese lawmakers to visit controversial war shrine

The controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo. Photo: AFP

Dozens of Japanese politicians, possibly including cabinet ministers, are poised to visit a Tokyo shrine condemned by China and South Korea as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past, as it begins its autumn festival this week.

15 Oct 2014 - 4:42am 9 comments

US military advised against troops visiting Japan's war-linked shrine

Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on the eve of US President Barack Obama's arrival in April. Photo: AFP

US military leaders in Japan advised against a planned visit by some of their troops to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in early April, before Barack Obama’s visit to Japan.

17 Aug 2014 - 2:59pm 9 comments

Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine offering angers China and South Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows in front of Emperor Akihito at a ceremony marking Japan's surrender. Photo: Reuters

Japanese PM sent ritual offering to Tokyo shrine to war dead but did not join senior government officials in a visit, a decision meant to avoid angering Beijing as he seeks Sino-Japanese summit.

16 Aug 2014 - 8:27pm 61 comments

Japan Prime Minister Abe sends offering to Yasukuni war shrine, but skips visit

A wooden sign (centre) reading "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe" is seen on a ritual offering from the prime minister to Yasukuni Shrine at the shrine in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s Shinzo Abe offered a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on Monday, but reportedly plans to stay away during the spring festival, in an apparent compromise between not angering Asian neighbours and playing to his nationalist base.

21 Apr 2014 - 7:59pm 9 comments

Japanese minister's visit to Yasukuni Shrine upset neighbours

Japanese minister Yoshitaka Shindo leaves the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo after a visit on Saturday. Photo: AFP

A Japanese cabinet minister visited a Tokyo war shrine that honours executed war criminals in a move that could reignite tensions with Japan's neighbours ahead of US President Barack Obama's Asian tour.

13 Apr 2014 - 4:18am 13 comments

Beijing criticised for dragging Japan into a media ‘cold war’

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest during his controversial visit to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on December 26. Photo: Reuters

The conservative Japanese daily the Yomiuri Shimbun has accused China of dragging Japan into a media "cold war" and trying to alienate it from the international community.

14 Mar 2014 - 10:14pm 8 comments

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida urges dialogue with China to ease tensions

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Photo: AP

China and Japan should resume talks on establishing a maritime defence communication mechanism and other practical issues, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the South China Morning Post.

4 Mar 2014 - 5:09pm 6 comments

Transcript of South China Morning Post interview with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Photo: EPA

I believe it is necessary to reduce unnecessary misunderstanding and friction, and it is also important to conduct a candid exchange of views to build mutual understanding and trust between the two countries.

4 Mar 2014 - 4:04am 2 comments

China, Japan spar at UN over Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine visit

Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council open debate at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Xinhua

China and Japan accused each other of threatening stability as a diplomatic battle over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a contested war shrine reached the UN Security Council.

31 Jan 2014 - 7:23am 12 comments

Biden warned Japan's Abe about visiting Yasukuni Shrine

A group of protestors demonstrate outside the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Photo: Xinhua

US Vice-President Joe Biden spent an hour trying to persuade Japan's prime minister not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, two weeks before a pilgrimage last month that sparked much fury in Asia, a report said.

30 Jan 2014 - 3:02am 4 comments

Regional security tops Sino-US talks in Beijing

William Burns, the US deputy secretary of state, meets State Councillor Yang Jiechi in Beijing. Yang told Burns this year offered important opportunities to develop Sino-US ties. Photo: EPA

Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui discussed regional issues of mutual concern with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

23 Jan 2014 - 3:56am

China, Japan slug it out in the world's press

China's ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai (left) and his Japanese counterpart Kenichiro Sasae

China and Japan are engaged in a war of words that is lighting up editorial pages around the world as Beijing takes aim at a recent visit by Japan's leader to a controversial war shrine and Tokyo answers back.

19 Jan 2014 - 5:42am 1 comment