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Real Clear Politics: Japan's Yasukuni Shrine Controversy

Author: Richard Halloran
May 22, 2006


Japan's Yasukuni Shrine memorializes 2.5 million soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served Japan since the Meiji Restoration, which ended Japan's isolation in the 19th century. The Yasukuni Shrine is at the center of an international controversy, evoking critical response from Japan's neighboring Chinese and Korean governments: 14 diseased men convicted of war crimes, including wartime prime minister Hideki Tojo, are registered at the shrine. Both the Chinese and Korean governments characterize such homage as a metonym for Japan's failure to atone for its aggression during World War II.

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