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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 Keizo Takemi attended the formal service of remembrance. The imperial family was represented by Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, NHK reported. About 300 bereaved family members were also at the event.

This year, the bones of 301 soldiers that were interred in Russia, Iwo Jima, the Mariana Islands, Solomon Islands and other places, and whose identities are unknown and could not be handed over to their families, were added to the cemetery.

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 370,700 dead, mainly soldiers, whose remains have been returned to Japan, but also some civilians who died overseas.

Takemi said: “Many war dead are still resting in various places.We will do our best to return them to their hometowns as soon as possible.”

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Such a better place than the one at Kudanshita.

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I personally hope that the media in Japan play up this shrine and the official visits made by members of the royal family and by the government. Ignore Yasukuni and it will loose any and all recognition. Well except the right wing nuts!

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The article needs a photo.

Chidorigafuchi cemetery does not attract the media attention that Yasukuni Shrine does.

The names of the dead at Yasukini Shrine are known. The names of the 352,297 at the Chidorigafuchi cemetery are unknown.

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Yasukuni Shrine is often talked about, but is commemorating the war dead here acceptable in China and South Korea? lol

Either way, the only people who complain about what Japanese people do are China and South Korea, and the majority of Japanese people think that what they say is nothing but nonsense.

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I would be ok if the Japanese PM or Emperor went to this shrine or the other one instead of Yasukuni where the war criminals are interned. Yasukuni is a place to thank not only the war dead (which I wouldn't have a problem with) but also the war criminals. (which I do object to) Some of the interned treated POWs worse than vermin. Burma railroad, Bataan death march, and vivisection experiments, not to mention what they did in China, Korea, the Philippines. I wonder if the average families of the dead were ever consulted on whether the war criminals should have been interned there or not. I won't blame the "average soldier" doing their duty, whether they be German, Italian Japanese, Russian, British, or American. Still, I will sure as heck blame the politicians, the leaders, some generals who sanctioned it and some soldiers who committed those crimes. and say thank you for your service to some war criminals...well, I will draw my line there.

> Agent_NeoToday  08:38 pm JST

Yasukuni Shrine is often talked about, but is commemorating the war dead here acceptable in China and South Korea? lol

Either way, the only people who complain about what Japanese people do are China and South Korea, and the majority of Japanese people think that what they say is nothing but nonsense.

Oh I think you might find some British/American old POWs who turned their back on the emperor on his visit might disagree with you.(some may have forgiven) So China and Korea are not the only people. and to be honest. I think if you honoured Hitler, Musolini,Tojo et al, many would be rightly angry. But sadly many in Japan don't even admit, know or even teach anything about the war crimes they committed. They point out how evil the bomb was, but they don't even know they were "building" the very same thing.

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Unlike the Germans, successive Japanese governments still will not condemn the fascist militarists responsible for the war dead they memorialize every year.

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Agent_Neo: "Either way, the only people who complain about what Japanese people do are China and South Korea, and the majority of Japanese people think that what they say is nothing but nonsense."

Wrong, wrong, and wrong. I know plenty of Japanese who disagree with politicians going to Yasukuni to pay tribute -- especially doing so after announcing their plans to the media, and with huge fan-fare and in their official capacities. I also know plenty of non-Koreans and non-Chinese who complain about it, like former British, Dutch, Americans, Canadians, and other POWs and families of victims, and even former Japanese sex-slaves or people in Okinawa whose families suffered as a result of war criminals and don't like the government paying tribute to said criminals. 

And do you know why you need to wonder if Koreans and Chinese complain about this and if commemorating the war dead at Chidorigafuchi Cemetary is acceptable to them? Because you never hear them or others complain about it, do you? You answer your own question.

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Good. Japanese military deserves to be honored as much as all others.

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