Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Japan's Abe sends ritual offering to notorious Yasukuni Shrine on anniversary of Japan's surrender

Yasukuni Shrine
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a monetary offering to the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine Tuesday on the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender which brought an end to World War II.

The Japanese leader sent his special advisor, Masahiko Shibayama, to make the monetary donation by proxy to the shrine.

The donation was made in Abe's capacity as the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

After making the donation as Abe's proxy, Shibayama told a press briefing that Abe had instructed him to pay a visit on his behalf and said that he "feels sorry for not being able to visit the shrine."

It is the fifth consecutive year that Abe has made a ritual offering to the notorious shrine.

Visits and ritual offerings made by senior politicians to the war-linked shrine consistently disregard the feelings of those in Japan's neighboring countries.

As such, the move will likely draw the ire of Japan's closest neighbors, including South Korea and China, who suffered immeasurably at the barbaric hands of the Imperial Army of Japan before, during and after World War II.

Yasukuni Shrine honors 14 Class-A convicted war criminals among 2.5 million Japanese war dead from World War II and is regarded as a symbol of past Japanese militarism.
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