Yasukuni Again Complicates EA Relationships


It has been announced today that the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine today. Additionally, several major Japanese politicians, including a cabinet minister, have announced that they intended to visit the shrine this Friday. In the end, 110 lawmakers and their aides did visit the shrine and there they offered prayers to the war dead enshrined in the complex. The cabinet minister who had initially stated that they would attend was … [Read more...]

Controversy Ignites over Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine

Japan's controversy

With the recent 68th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Pacific, Japan has again become embroiled in controversy stemming from the war. Japan’s close neighbors, Korea and China, have renewed their protests against the official visits by members of the Japanese government to Yasukuni Shrine, where Japan’s war dead are enshrined. While Yasukuni Shrine was established to memorialize soldiers killed in action after the Meiji Restoration, the most famous spiritual inhabitants are … [Read more...]