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Gov’t honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery

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The government on Monday held a ceremony to honor the nation's war dead at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo, where the unidentified remains of Japanese soldiers are interred.

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato attended the formal service of remembrance. The imperial family was represented by Prince Hitachi, 82, Fuji TV reported.

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery was built in 1959 to house the remains of unidentified Japanese who died overseas during World War II.

The memorial currently honors 369,166 dead, mainly soldiers, whose remains have been returned to Japan, but also some civilians who died overseas.

The government said Monday that since last year, the remains of 1,852 more unidentified soldiers who died fighting for Japan during World War II in places as far away as the Solomon Islands as well as Russia, had been added to the cemetery.

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Chidorigafuchi is a cemetary, with physical remains interred there. Respect to all who died on all sides.

(Yasukuni Shrine only has a list of names, honouring spirits or souls.)

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@econostat

In other words Yasukni Shrine honors ALL THE JAPANESE THAT WERE KILLED IN ALL OF JAPAN'S WARS.

Not technically true. The 14 class A war criminals enshrined there were killed, or committed suicide, AFTER the war, and not on the battlefield. Yasukuni enshrined them considerably later on, in 1978 and in secret, knowing full well that what they were doing would get lots of people p*ssed off.

Chidorigafuchi, by contrast, is a true, honest war memorial, which is people don't have an issue with it.

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and why is it so hard for the rest of the J gov to go to Chidorigafuchi each year, the emperor and his son have been there and many foreign diplomats, China Korea have no problems whatsoever. Oh I forgot it doesnt house the class A war criminals and they can please their right wing nutty base

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Remember the war dead AND publicly revile those leaders responsible for the catastrophe. Educate the young, or else war will return one day.

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TH

This past weekend watched a BBC World New documentary "Japan's Never Ending War" which included interviewing young students who knew very little about what imperial Japan it, but thought they were victims and grateful to the troops who died defending them. Total mix up on the history there. If these young people don't know their history then the past can repeat itself.

I don't accept that the American troops are here from occupation although that was the reason in the war but today by consent of the Japanese. But if the Korean story is resolved and China controls its military expansions, the day may come when the American troops could leave.

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Cemetery and memorial for 369,166 dead, mainly unidentified war dead soldiers of the Second World War.

1.5 million imperial troops killed. 500,000 civilians.

100 million people were killed from wars in the last century.

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In other words Yasukni Shrine honors ALL THE JAPANESE THAT WERE KILLED IN ALL OF JAPAN'S WARS.

and it still has no remains of any fallen soldiers, Im sure if Emperor Meiji could foresee it being abused by Priests with political agendas he would have made rules about enshrining criminals there, for all those not up to date here it is again https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/a02404/

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The section of outer palace moat at Chidorigafuchi is the best place in Tokyo to view the cherry blossoms (albeit crowded). Going there we can mourn the dead, or not, and enjoy a few blissful moments free from political sentiments.

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The majority of Japanese, even younger people, believe they were victims of WW2.

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TH

I'm fine with the Govt here mourning Japan's dead. That's what people expect.

I have no problem with the government mourning their war dead but revisionist history or not understanding why they died. All Japanese were victims of their own imperialist emperor and government and greatly suffered from that including being forced into war. It's right that the government attend this national cemetery.

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@zichi

There's no doubt that Japanese imperialism landed this country in hot water and the legacy of expansionism remains for all to see. It's just sad to see how they tables were turned. I feel the US should have pulled out long ago but I realise my views are not popular.

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@Toasted

Nice to hear a relatively sane voice.

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Good for them. Not all Japanese military were war criminals as some would have you believe, and they have every right to honor the dead as anyone else.

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Remember the war dead AND publicly revile those leaders responsible for the catastrophe. Educate the young, or else war will return one day.

Very true, but I suspect those who say that generally believe those responsible for the catastrophe were not the leaders of their own country. For example, I beleive most Americans are unaware of their country's role in starting wars, including WWII. That is why war keeps on returning...

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There are no winners in war, only losers.

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@zichi,

As ever, I admire your optimism and hope that the troops can leave Japan.

I'm fine with the Govt here mourning Japan's dead. That's what people expect.

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On a more sombre not. War is so avoidable these days and yet some nations, peoples, groupings seem hell bent on it. Sadly, this means many more generations of war dead to be honoured.

Do we ever learn from our tragic histories?

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The war dead of all conflicts have a story to tell, as do the survivors and their kin.

Often, the stories are generations and seas apart but the tales do have similarities.

The butchery continues, though. Now it's context which is maimed.

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Not technically true. The 14 class A war criminals enshrined there were killed, or committed suicide, AFTER the war, and not on the battlefield. Yasukuni enshrined them considerably later on, in 1978 and in secret, knowing full well that what they were doing would get lots of people p*ssed off.

Chidorigafuchi, by contrast, is a true, honest war memorial, which is people don't have an issue with it.

Wow! A foreigner just gave a Japanese right wing ultranationalist a lesson in Japanese history! And not only that, on their beloved Yasukuni Shrine!

Way to go Jeff!

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The nation and its peoples should remember their war dead and give respect those killed. The nation and its people should also learn and understand why there was war and why they died. That is a learning that should taught to all school children. In turn they pass it on so we avoid repeating the terrible histories of wars and the great harm and destruction of life they bring to all.

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The nation and its peoples should remember their war dead and give respect those killed. The nation and its people should also learn and understand why there was war and why they died. That is a learning that should taught to all school children. In turn they pass it on so we avoid repeating the terrible histories of wars and the great harm and destruction of life they bring to all.

Couldn’t have said it better myself! Great post zichi!

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Chidorigafuchi is really small. Is the national cemetery like Arlington or is it just a national cemetery?

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"I beleive (sic) most Americans are unaware of their country's role in starting wars, including WWII."

Hitler's invasion of Poland marked t­he beginning of World War II, how was the US involved in that event?

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Back on topic please.

@ Raw Beer

Memorializing the victims of war is a public duty in every society, but those Japanese responsible for WW2 have never been publicly reviled resulting in the widespread feeling (especially among rightists and the ignorant) of having been "victimized" (by nuclear bombs). The public reviling of leaders from other countries responsible for mass slaughter (e.g., Vietnam; Iraq) has never happened either, but children must be educated about war and especially about the guilt of their leaders responsible for such unnecessary, unforgivable carnage, or else history will repeat itself.

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lubracasi, it was a yoke, though... ;-)

This reminds me of another thread today on JT where the US side built a cemetary to honor fallen Japanese soldiers killed on Aleut soil in Alaska 75 years ago. Giving honor where honor is due, sounds about right to me.

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And they wouldn't have died overseas if not for a certain person's delusions of grandeur

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@zichi

And in a way, they are. The occupation of Japan still exists, albeit in a reduced role but it's still there. The Pacific War will not end until the occupying military forces are sent home.

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"and why is it so hard for the rest of the J gov to go to Chidorigafuchi each year, the emperor and"

Chidorrigafuni

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery (千鳥ケ淵戦没者墓苑 Chidorigafuchi Senbotsusha Boen) is a national Japanese cemetery and memorial for 352,297 unidentified war dead of the Second World War,.

In other words it honors all the Japanese solders that were killed in WWII.

The Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni, informally known as the Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社or靖國神社 Yasukuni Jinja), is a Shinto shrinelocated in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Emperor Meiji in June 1869 and commemorates those who died in service of Japan from the Boshin War of 1868–1869 to the First Indochina War of 1946–1954.[1] The shrine's purpose has been expanded over the years to include those who died in the wars involving Japan spanning from the entire Meiji and Taishō periods, and the lesser part of the Shōwa period.

In other words Yasukni Shrine honors ALL THE JAPANESE THAT WERE KILLED IN ALL OF JAPAN'S WARS.

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Anybody here ever visited Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery?  It is embarassingly small and obscure. People have difficulty to find the place. It is a national disgrace.

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We lost the war not only that they watch us how we hold a memorial service for our war dead. We say loudly to them. It is not your business.

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