Yasukuni Shrine

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The entrance to the Yasukuni Shrine.

Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni informally known as the Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社) is a Japanese Shinto shrine. The remains of 2,466,532 bodies are interred there, many of whom died during World War II. Among those are 1,068 convicted war criminals, 14 of whom were A-Class war criminals. (Among the 14 are Hideki Tojo, often called the Japanese variant of that Austrian guy.)

Japan's right-wing politicians, intellectuals, and academics often come here to pay their respects. Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, also visited the Yasukuni Shrine each year, before his death.

South Korea, Taiwan, China, some Southeast Asian countries, and some major Japanese politicians are opposed to paying tribute to the Yasukuni Shrine because all this official paying of tribute at the shrine is indicative that Japan has not fully come to terms with its military aggression and war crimes.

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