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Kyodo: Member of Japan’s ruling party visits Yasukuni Shrine

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Kyodo: Former Japanese Economy Minister Koichi Hagiuda visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo

TOKYO, August 15 – RIA Novosti. Koichi Hagiuda, Former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, who currently chairs the political council of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. visit Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, often associated with Japanese militarism in Asian countries.

According to the Kyodo Agency, Hagiuda visited the temple on Monday morning, marking the end of the war on August 15, 1945. Also, former Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi visited the temple. It is possible that some other members of the Japanese government may visit Yasukuni during the day.

At the same time, as the agency noted, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will most likely refrain from visiting the temple, but will send a ritual offering.

Last week, Yasukuni Shrine was visited by Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s new economy minister. He became the first minister from various parts of the Kishida government to decide to visit the Yasukuni Shrine since last October.

Visits to the temple by Japanese politicians usually take place three times a year – on ritual holidays in April and October, and Japan’s World War II on August 15. Some politicians visit the temple at the end of the year.

Since 2013, Japanese prime ministers have not visited the temple in person and have limited themselves to sending ritual offerings. After being elected to the post, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally visited the shrine only once in December 2013, but this has not only caused a traditionally sharp negative reaction in China and South Korea, but also has a noticeable effect on Japan’s relations with the mother. caused the cold. ally – United States of America. Since then, he has avoided visiting the temple in person and has limited himself to making offerings. However, after leaving the prime ministership in 2020, he made a new visit to the temple. His successor, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, also did not personally visit the temple. Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida followed suit.

At Yasukuni Shrine, the souls of all warriors who gave their lives for the “emperor and great Japan” are worshiped. Commemorative plaques bearing the names of 2.5 million soldiers and officers who were martyred in various wars for Japan, as well as II.

Source: Ria

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