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Former PM Suga visits Yasukuni Shrine

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visited Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals

And most Japanese wonder why the neighbours are putting up a stink over this. When you wipe out approx half the korean population in 1592 and over 20 million during WW2, who wouldn't cry foul over people honouring these criminals. I'd like to see Japan honor the heroes who nuked Japan and saved them from total extinction. But I guess double standard is the norm here.

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Why in the world do Japanese politicians need to visit a Shinto shrine for something that deals with the dead? Buddhist temples do that nowadays. The bigger question is what can any living person actually do for the dead.

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These disgusting old relics cling on to their racist past and the population of japan backs them, which makes them just as bad

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Why would Japanese want to pay respects to the fallen soldiers going back to before WW1. Such a crazy notion. Some foreigners and Patriotic Koreans don't understand. But it's ok for them to do it.

How could Japanese have the same Patriotic feelings as foreigners or Koreans for their own soldiers and country. Unacceptable!

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IMO, Suga did no wrong visiting Yasukuni Shrine.

BTW, the cherry blossoms there are magnificent in spring.

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I'm sure he doesn't or wouldn't want to.

The likes of you.

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Suga was a pretty poor PM, weak and from an uneducated farming background. His handling of Covid was a shambles.

But he has the right to honor the 2.5 million war dead in his nation. As does everyone from every nation have the right to honor their own war dead.

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Why does this even make any news? Is Suga still relevant politically?

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"I came here as a former prime minister," Suga told reporters.

Speaks volumes about this poor, hopeless man.

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But he has the right to honor the 2.5 million war dead in his nation. As does everyone from every nation have the right to honor their own war dead.

Of course he has the right to honor Japan's war dead. Why does he not attend Zenkoku Senbotsusha Tsuitōshiki on August 15 each year, instead of antagonising others. Japan's very constitution is about keeping peace.

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As much as I dislike the little man, I can understand why he did it. If I were a high rank politician I would go to just for the sake of triggering Chosen and China.

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Rikidozan88Today  10:22 am JST

Why does this even make any news?

LDP politicians want it to, and the media dutifully complies.

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morosophosToday  08:18 am JST

Why in the world do Japanese politicians need to visit a Shinto shrine for something that deals with the dead?

Why do politicians do anything?

Buddhist temples do that nowadays. The bigger question is what can any living person actually do for the dead.

The big question for LDP politicians is how the dead can get them cash and votes from people who actually believe their "honouring the war dead" guff is sincere.

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@ReasonandWisdomNippon

What Koreans and foreigners would want to see:

No visit to Shrine. Ever!

Apologies every year.

Compensation on demand.

School books full of shame, guilt, hatred towards our ancestors and soldiers. Hate towards being Japanese.

That is not correct at all, at least for my part as a Foreigner What I would like to see is the removal of Convicted war criminals from the shrine.  

Acknowledgement of what those war criminals did was wrong rather than down playing it would go along way sure it sucks but that is part of history no matter how much you sugar coat it. 

To be brutally honest, it is those 14 A class war criminals enshrined at Yasukuni who are directly at fault that Japan was bombed.

So it really makes me wonder why you or these politicians would revel in such a disgrace is beyond me.

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Speaks volumes about this poor, hopeless man.

agree

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What Koreans and foreigners would want to see:

Koreans and foreigners? Are the Koreans a new kind of Japanese now?

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he has the right to honor the 2.5 million war dead in his nation. As does everyone from every nation have the right to honor their own war dead.

Then why does Japan make such a fuss when some other countries honor their people who died or suffered in the war? (E.g. when Koreans put up a statue to "comfort women")

The words " double" and "standards" come to mind...

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Then why does Japan make such a fuss when some other countries honor their people who died or suffered in the war? (E.g. when Koreans put up a statue to "comfort women")

The words " double" and "standards" come to mind...

Well said.

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mardariusToday  04:48 pm JST

he has the right to honor the 2.5 million war dead in his nation. As does everyone from every nation have the right to honor their own war dead.

Then why does Japan make such a fuss when some other countries honor their people who died or suffered in the war? (E.g. when Koreans put up a statue to "comfort women")

The words " double" and "standards" come to mind...

simple. It is because Korean comfort women narratives are full of lies, which some Koreans themselves are currently fighting to reveal

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Parable: The Emperor Has No Clothes

https://medium.com/@mattimore/parable-the-emperor-has-no-clothes-ace63fef6eb8

Abe, Suga, and now current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, are not fit for office.

They have no honour, and don't deserve the peoples respect.

Trees plus trickery equals treason.

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Then why does Japan make such a fuss when some other countries honor their people who died or suffered in the war? (E.g. when Koreans put up a statue to "comfort women")

There are no Japanese politicians going to the shrine every single week. There are no Japanese setting themselves on fire in front of the shrine. They don’t try to break into the Korean embassy or drive a car into it, or harass U.S. diplomats for having moustaches similar to long-dead Korean generals’.

The general Japanese population doesn’t care about Yasukuni, unlike the Koreans whose anti-Japan indoctrination is so strong that they have done all of the above, except replace the words “Korean” with “Japanese” and “shrine” with “comfort women statue.”

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Apart from China, What is it Koreans making this much of noise about Yasukuni anyway?

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Your turn, trading places, Suga to Kishida Ok Kishida I will go to the shrine for you

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Japanese are not building Yasukuni Shrine around the world

Thank goodness. One is more than enough

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Their country..

Their culture..

Their history..

Their religion..

Get used to it..

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KentarogaijinToday  05:37 am JST

Their country..

Their culture..

Their history..

Their religion..

Get used to it..

What about their Constitution and their Emperor?

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Refreshing to see someone finally acknowledge Japan is nottheir” country, *either** *…

*- @5:37am: “Their country.. Their culture.. Their history.. Their religion” …*

… and many here are just “guests”.

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In matters concerning Japan and their “neighbors”, should readers sit idly by and watch as “such fools continue to act… “foolish”?

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I had some respect for him but no longer. Just another weak politician paying obeisance to war criminals. He can burn in hades.

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Then why does Japan make such a fuss when some other countries honor their people who died or suffered in the war? (E.g. when Koreans put up a statue to "comfort women")

The shrine currently honors a number of Class A war criminals from WWII. Anyone who honors them is morally corrupt and unfit to share this world with honest people.

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