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World Japan's new Prime Minister sends sacrification at controversial Yasukuni shrine

11:45  17 october  2021
11:45  17 october  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Japan's new Prime Minister sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine on Sunday. Fumio Kishida sent a "Masakaki" tree on the occasion of the autumn festival under his name to the shrine, said a spokeswoman of the site of the news agency AFP. Two of Kishidas Ministers also brought sacrifices.

Japans neuer Ministerpräsident hat eine rituelle Opfergabe an den umstrittenen Yasukuni-Schrein geschickt. Fumio Kishida sendete anlässlich des Herbstfestes einen © Behrouz Mehri Japan's new Prime Minister has sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine. Fumio Kishida sent a "Masakaki" tree on the occasion of the autumn festival under his name to the shrine, said a spokeswoman of the site.

The Yasukuni Shrine is consecrated around 2.5 million Japanese war ties, including convicted war criminals. Visits from Japanese politicians to the shrine therefore regularly ensure great annoyance in China and South Korea, which had been occupied by Japan during the Second World War. You see in the shrine a symbol of Japanese militarism.

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Prime Minister previously avoided visits to the place. As the last active head of government, Shinzo Abe visited Shrine 2013, triggering a diplomatic crisis. At the 76th anniversary of Japan's capitulation at the beginning of the year, three ministers proved the shrine to honor what caused protests from China and South Korea.

Kishida, who was appointed Japanese Prime Minister at the beginning of October, does not plan to attend the shrine during the two-day autumn festival. However, his predecessor Yoshihide Suga on Sunday made a pilgrimage to the shrine, as the Shrine Spokeswoman said.

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