August 16, 1997 |
Japanese held two starkly different ceremonies on the anniversary of the nation's World War II surrender Friday: The government expressed remorse in one, while flag-waving veterans demanded recognition in the other. How Japan commemorates the day is watched closely by China, South Korea and other countries where anger over Japan's brutality during the war remains intense.
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August 18, 2001
"Leader Stirs Anger With Shrine Visit" (Aug. 14) fails to report what the Yasukuni Shrine is to modern Japan. The shrine is where the heart and soul of imperial Japan is resting. When the current prime minister makes an official visit to the shrine, it signals to the world that modern Japan is embracing the ideals of imperial Japan, which was responsible for destroying millions of lives--including tens of thousands of Americans (remember Pearl Harbor?). The visit would be equivalent to the current chancellor of Germany paying a visit to the shrine of the Nazis to worship the Nazis' ideology.
April 3, 1997 |
In a landmark decision greeted with both joy and rage, Japan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the use of taxpayers' money for ritual offerings at religious shrines is unconstitutional. The decision was based on a case involving the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, an oasis under a canopy of cherry trees in downtown Tokyo dedicated to the worship of the "divine spirits" of about 2.5 million Japanese who have died fighting for their country since 1869.
August 16, 1985 |
In a move condemned by Buddhists, Christians and Japan's opposition parties, Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone on Thursday became the first postwar Japanese leader to pay an official visit to Yasukuni Shrine, the headquarters of Japan's wartime emperor-worship and militarism.
October 17, 2005 |
In a visit that took just a minute but may have repercussions far into the future, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi defied critics and prayed this morning at Tokyo's contentious Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the souls of the country's 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals from Japan's imperial era. With police helicopters overhead and bodyguards clearing his path, Koizumi strode briskly to the Shinto shrine's outside altar where the public gathers to pray.
August 15, 1986 |
Heeding protests from China and South Korea, Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone will forgo a visit to a Shinto shrine today to pay respects to Japan's war dead, which numbered more than 3 million servicemen and civilians in World War II. Chinese and South Korean officials protested when Nakasone officially visited Yasukuni Shrine last Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan's surrender, and they urged him not to do it again. Fourteen Japanese war criminals, including Gen.
October 1, 2005 |
A Japanese high court delivered an unexpected blow to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Friday, ruling that his visits to a controversial Shinto shrine honoring the nation's military war dead are a violation of constitutional barriers between religious and state affairs.
August 15, 2005 |
His eyes fixed firmly on reelection, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi balked at making a pilgrimage to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine today, avoiding a diplomatic clash with Japan's former Asian enemies on the emotive 60th anniversary of its World War II surrender. Koizumi did not appear at the Tokyo shrine this morning, choosing instead to join Emperor Akihito in a pledge for peace at a secular memorial service.
April 25, 2013 |
South Korea chided Japan for “retrograde comments and behaviors” Thursday, days after Japanese government ministers and a host of lawmakers flocked to a politically sensitive war shrine. Japan “turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to excruciating loss and pain that Japan inflicted on neighboring countries through its aggression and colonial rule,” a South Korean vice minister told the Japanese ambassador Thursday, according to South Korea's Foreign Ministry . South Korea, “which intends to build a bright future together with Japan, finds it profoundly regrettable.” South Korean officials summoned the ambassador after scores of lawmakers went Tuesday to the Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japanese war dead.
April 23, 2014 |
TOKYO -- President Obama arrived here Wednesday to begin an eight-day tour of Asian allies designed to assure leaders that they have a strong U.S. backup at a time of rising tensions in the region. Obama went directly to his task after landing in Tokyo, heading straight into a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the narrow wooden counter of a popular sushi restaurant in the busy Ginza shopping district. The leaders agreed in advance to put off their formal welcome ceremony and royal reception until after they had met one-on-one in a friendly, more casual setting.