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Abandon the pretence walk/visit the Yasukuni Shrine through the front door.

Why tip toe on cornflakes.

Diplomatically, regionally it going to ruffle feathers. Maybe politically feathers need a ruffle from time to time.

There's no time like the present

The government of China needs a reminder from the past.

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The Japanese government should protest against China and South Korea's interference in internal affairs.

It was China that suddenly made it a political card not immediately after the war, but in 1985, and no one should criticize visiting shrines to commemorate the war dead.

Furthermore, although there were many countries that were at war with Japan during World War II, there were no voices of condemnation from any country other than China and South Korea.

The anti-Japanese policies of China and South Korea are the same from the perspective of history education, and there is no need for Japan to match them.

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I don't sincerely mean to offend.

The Government of Japan, its people are under threat from the Government of China, Russia, North Korea, as never before, developing next generation weapons of mass destruction.

The East/South China Sea, the Taiwan straits trading shipping routes are essential to Japan economy, also could be a means to force Japan to kowtow to a enhanced form of modern day China/Russian dictator/despot imperialism.

If visiting the Yasukuni Shrine will inspire Japan politicians to recognise the threat at hand so be it.

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If the media didn't make a big issue out of nothing some countries wouldn't either.

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I consider it a homage to visit the graves of those who fell in the war, however the following is an extract from Google, which is why it should not be visited by government ministers:-

The shrine is now the memorial site for over 2.5 million people who have died in conflict, mainly in World War II. The inclusion of 14 convicted Class-A war criminals in the shrine has resulted in controversy, particularly after the visits of Japanese prime ministers.

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OssanAmerica

If this relic of the past, Yasukuni Shrine and the museum next door can forge a future, open J politicians eyes to the threats faced on just about every level from Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, it could advert an global war.

It may sound a tad melodramatic, however the threat is proven and unarguable.

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Being ignorant is something,no one should inspire to be,if an American officially complain,that would be the end his rule as Prime Minister , when lived at the mercy of the US

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Betcha all the bots and status quo lovers are gonna hate this, but just remove Yasukuni Shrine. Do you think China, Korea, US, or any country evens put a shrine to commemorate those who are war criminals? Even for the US, I reckon they keep them far away, or at least buried with a normal grave. Nobody honors them. They're only remembered. Again, Japan is as aggressive as China, and would be if they had the ability to do so. This is brainwashing from the political sector. None of these countries, would "defend", they only say to "defend" their interests and "further" their conquests. Dictatorship? Despotic hegemony? You're on the side of those who enslave, warmonger, brutalize other countries with policies that claim to be "democratic". Evil loves to portray itself as good. But again, the key point here is to have countries and the politicians themselves agree it's of their own responsibility and to tell people to forgive their enemies and themselves. But no one wants to do that, everyone, especially the West and their lackeys, believes they're on the right side. Same as what those "terrorists" do. Sigh, the human ego is insurmountable in this age. Best hope or solution is to get China to defend it's war criminals and come up with its own shrine and see how people react. If they react with hatred, the hypocrisy comes to light. Every empire, nation, power wants to claim its victimised or never take responsibility for being the aggressor, or the opposite, until there's a collapse internally, or it blows to a war. People just can't shake off political dogma tied with a "moral" juxtaposition. They refuse to admit everyone, Japan, Korea, China, US, etc, etc are all wrong here. But again, it's about power and profit. It's not about whose right. Those who are wrong must stay wrong to be seen as the aggressors, nothing else. Reminds me of Emmanuel Goldstein from 1984. You show a picture of Putin, that's the modern Emmanuel Goldstein, and everyone has more than a 2 minutes hate frenzy...

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Kishida is likely to once again refrain from an in-person visit, as he has done since taking power in October 2021

Sad a Japanese prime minister can’t do what he wishes to do but has to listen to South Korea, North Korea, China, and the U.S.

The Miller, His Son & The Ass comes to mind.

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In the first place, the judgment of Class A war criminals at the Tokyo Trials was based on a retroactive law created in 1945, and what is more, class B and C were actually punished for atrocities such as crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. It's completely different.

Since then, the honor of ''war criminals'' has been legally restored through Article 11 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty and four parliamentary resolutions. Surprisingly, even the Japanese Communist Party agreed with this and it was passed unanimously.

Even though China and South Korea are enshrining A-class war criminals whose reputations have been restored, the accusations made by China and South Korea are nothing more than interference in their internal affairs.

If that is the case, then the visit to Arlington Cemetery, where American soldiers who used weapons of mass destruction are buried, in violation of the Geneva Conventions, should be condemned.

Are there any Japanese people who would complain about something like that? There's no way he's there.

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Past visits to Yasukuni by Japanese prime ministers, such as assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe, and lawmakers have drawn a backlash from China and South Korea, where memories of Japan's wartime actions run deep.

And a reprimand by the U.S. Abe and subsequent prime ministers since then lost their freedom and have never ever visited Yasukuni again.

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Even though China and South Korea are enshrining A-class war criminals...

This statement is blatantly false.

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Since then, the honor of ''war criminals'' has been legally restored through Article 11 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty...

This is also blatantly false.

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Japan was on the losing side of the most horrific war in history. One in which it butchered millions of innocent lives. I guess worshipping war criminals is all you can do when you have nothing to be proud of. Sad.

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I hope to see Japanese politicians the not often mentioned business leaders continue their Yasukuni visits. It shows the world nothing has changed since 1941. Japan does not regret the atrocities, rapes, warcrimes from WW2 but only the loss of the war

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If regional despotism, outreach, is to threaten J people existential way of life.

Then such a threat has to be approached with equal force, a deterrent.

It is beyond time to insist that J government at the very least consider the opinion, also a first strike conventional capability.

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It is beyond comprehension the world has changed, diplomatically politically in many respects for better for worse.

Yet we are facing a crossroads, a failed establishment of global leadership, unable to even comprehend the dangers of dictatorships or religious extremism, the threat, outside there own blinkered political agendas

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  06:48 pm JST

OssanAmerica

If this relic of the past, Yasukuni Shrine and the museum next door can forge a future, open J politicians eyes to the threats faced on just about every level from Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, it could advert an global war.

It may sound a tad melodramatic, however the threat is proven and unarguable.

You are absolutely correct as to the very real external threats that Japan is facing today. However, I do not agree that J-politicians are blind to these facts.

The ones who are blind are opposition parties, like the Communist Party of Japan, who still hold the unrealistic position that the JSDF should not exist, and a large portion of the civilian population who have grown up with the Heiwa Boke that they are in denial of today's threats to Japan and the need to adapt to them.

While the Yasukuni Shrine and the Yushukan could, as you say, play a postive role domestically, it will continue to be used by Japan's adversaries to prevent Japan from re-arming itself to meet today's threats. The media, both Japanese and Western feed them by reporting every visit and gift sent. In the scope of today's events, it is utterly irrelevant.

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It's respectfully honoring ALL those who served their country. Yes, some did horrible things, but that's true for people of all nations.

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Present Japan's LDP government is supported by far-right cult religion groups who beautify prewar totalitarian regime and who justify the then invasion war including war crime, Kishida who only wants to stay on PM also rely on them as ever.

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Perhaps pictures of what the Japanese did to China and then to American prisoners should be included in the shrine to war.

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Oh give it up. It's just a shrine. No one ever hear of the tomb of the unknown soldier? Japan was punished enough and it's time those who weren't even born yet quit whining about it. It's OVER.

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Gee, I wonder why the Emperor of Japan stopped going decades ago. What segment of the Japanese population is Kishida pandering to?

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Every country that's ever been in a war has at least one war memorial. So why not Japan? The soldiers who fought for these countries fought for their country and were normal people swept into the military at the time. Germany has memorials, too. War is war and the people who died for their country are so honored. Why not Japan?

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Germany has no such memorials to the regime, let alone the leaders. Bundeswehr has recently removed names of that period figures from barracks/ships/installations that hark back to that era.

There is a difference between the memory of the troopers and veneration-rehabilitation and revisionism of history relating to the political class.

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery is directly opposite. This is the appropriate forum.

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Japan was on the losing side of the most horrific war in history. One in which it butchered millions of innocent lives. I guess worshipping war criminals is all you can do when you have nothing to be proud of. Sad.

I agree.

I hope to see Japanese politicians the not often mentioned business leaders continue their Yasukuni visits. It shows the world nothing has changed since 1941. Japan does not regret the atrocities, rapes, warcrimes from WW2 but only the loss of the war

hit the nail on the head robert.

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I was there the other day and chucked in a 10yen coin and did a few bows and claps.

It's a beautiful shrine.

All God's children should be forgiven - don't you know?

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I wonder just how much the whole world would view Germany if it had memorial statues of Hitler, Goring, Himmler....etc...all over their country.....And then paid homage to them every year.

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In the first place, even though it was almost certain that Japan would lose if it went to war with the United States, the Cabinet at the time pressed ahead with the war. There are no Japanese people who would glorify war like that.

If you think Yasukuni Shrine is a facility that glorifies war and praises its enshrined people as heroes, you should reconsider its website.

Although China and South Korea cannot be called victorious countries, they are actively playing the role of victims of the Japanese military. Whether you believe it or not depends on the person, but there are a certain number of people who believe that propaganda and fantasy are real.

here, there and there.

How could he kill millions of people without purging his own army like Stalin did, without starting a Cultural Revolution like Mao Zedong, and without creating extermination camps like Auschwitz, which Hitler created?

Even at the Tokyo Trials, no Japanese were executed for causing a genocide.

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