60 Japanese Lawmakers Visit Controversial Shrine

Write : 2017-12-05 13:30:03 Update : 2017-12-05 14:02:19

60 Japanese Lawmakers Visit Controversial Shrine

A group of 60 Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine where 14 Class-A war criminals are among those honored. 
According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News, the group of lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition camps paid tribute at the shrine located in central Tokyo on Tuesday.
The group had initially planned to pay homage during the annual autumn festival in October, but delayed the visit due to the Lower House election. Instead, the head of the group, Hidehisa Otsuji, a former vice president of the House of Councillors, visited the shrine by himself during the autumn festival.
Yasukuni honors two-point-466 million Japanese war dead, including Class-A war criminals such as Hideki Tojo, who was hanged by an Allied tribunal.
The group visits Yasukuni on multiple occasions every year, including during the spring and autumn festivals as well as on August 15th, when Japan marks the anniversary of the end of World War Two.

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