Yasukuni shrine for battle lifeless is seen in China and South Korea as an emblem of Japan’s former navy aggression.
Japan’s new business minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, has change into the primary member of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cupboard to go to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for battle lifeless in Tokyo, native media reported.
Nishimura, who was appointed to his ministerial submit on Wednesday following a cupboard reshuffle, visited the shrine on Saturday, Kyodo Information reported.
Yasukuni is seen in China and South Korea as an emblem of Japanese former navy aggression as a result of it honours, amongst some 2.5 million battle lifeless, 14 Japanese World Battle II leaders convicted as battle criminals by an allied tribunal.
“I resolved to make utmost efforts for the peace and growth of Japan, additionally considering of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” Nishimura informed reporters, in line with Kyodo Information, and referencing the previous Japanese premier killed final month.
Abe was shot lifeless on July 8 and Nishimura belongs to the occasion faction that was led by Abe.
Abe was engulfed in controversy when he visited the shrine in December 2013, shortly after taking workplace. He avoided visiting Yasukuni for the remainder of his tenure as prime minister to keep away from angering China and South Korea.
Nishimura was visiting the shrine earlier than the 77th anniversary of Japan’s give up in World Battle II, which takes place on Monday.
South Korea expressed “deep disappointment and remorse” at Nishimura’s go to. The shrine “glorifies Japan’s previous battle of aggression and enshrines battle criminals”, the South Korean international ministry stated in an announcement.
Yasukuni was established in 1869 by Japan’s Emperor Meiji to enshrine the souls of fighters who had died within the nation’s civil wars.
The deceased from later conflicts – almost 2.5 million individuals in whole – together with wars with the Qing dynasty of China, Russia and World Battle II are additionally memorialised on the shrine.
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Controversy erupted in 1978 when 14 Japanese civilian and navy leaders convicted by a post-war worldwide tribunal and generally known as “Class A battle criminals” have been enshrined.
Sacred to nationalists, Yasukuni has change into a lightning rod for critics, notably in China, the 2 Koreas and Taiwan.
Some in Japan additionally say the temple glorifies its militaristic and colonial previous for which they are saying the nation has but to correctly atone.
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