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Japanese Minister Visits Yasukuni Shrine for War Dead: Report | News

The Yasukuni Shrine, which honors war dead, is seen in China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan’s past military aggression.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s new industry minister, became the first member of the Fumio Kishida Cabinet to visit Tokyo following a controversial visit. Yasukuni Shrine enshrines war dead in Tokyoreported by local media.

Nishimura, who was appointed minister on Wednesday after the cabinet reshuffle, visited a shrine on Saturday, Kyodo News reported.

Yasukuni Shrine is used by Japan in China and South Korea to honor 14 Japanese World War II leaders who were convicted as war criminals by Allied courts, among some 2.5 million war dead. is considered a symbol of the former military aggression.

According to Kyodo News, Nishimura told reporters, “Thinking about the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, I am determined to do my utmost for the peace and development of Japan.” mentioned the former prime minister of

Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry [File: Issei Kato/Reuters]

Abe was shot dead on July 8, and Nishimura belongs to the faction led by Prime Minister Abe.

Prime Minister Abe embroiled in controversy When I visited the shrine in December 2013, right after my appointment. He refrained from visiting Yasukuni Shrine during the remainder of his term as prime minister to avoid the ire of China and South Korea.

Nishimura was visiting the shrine ahead of Monday’s 77th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.

South Korea expressed “deep disappointment and regret” at Nishimura’s visit. South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the shrine “honors Japan’s past wars of aggression and enshrines war criminals.”

Yasukuni Shrine was established in 1869 by Emperor Meiji of Japan to enshrine the souls of combatants who died during the Japanese Civil War.

Those who died in subsequent conflicts, including wars with China, Russia and the Qing dynasty in World War II (approximately 2.5 million people in total) are also commemorated at the shrine.

Controversy erupted in 1978 when 14 Japanese civilian and military leaders, known as “Class A war criminals”, were enshrined after being convicted by international courts after the war.

Yasukuni, sacred to nationalists, has become a lightning rod for critics, especially in China, the North and South, and the countries of the South and North. Taiwan.

Some people in Japan also say that the temple glorifies its militaristic and colonial past, and that Japan has yet to make amends properly.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/13/japanese-minister-visits-yasukuni-shrine-for-war-dead-report Japanese Minister Visits Yasukuni Shrine for War Dead: Report | News

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