Yasukuni Shrine: Controversy, history and peace

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  • As August 15, the day in 1945 when Japan announced its surrender to bring an end to World War II, approaches, concerns are mounting over whether Japanese politicians will again visit the Yasukuni Shrine or make offerings. Trips and ritual offerings made in person or by proxy to the infamous shrine by Japanese leaders and officials have repeatedly sparked strong criticism because the visits are interpreted as a denial of history and belittling to countries brutalized by Japan during World War II.

    Yet 75 years on, the international community, especially those from countries that suffered, continue to look on in horror at Japan’s attitude toward the anniversary. #VDay75

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    Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the country’s five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is Japan’s capital and largest city.

    Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.

    Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), the OECD, and the G7. Japan is a leader in the automotive and electronics industries.

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