World Japan's new Prime Minister sends sacrification at controversial Yasukuni shrine
Kishida vows to lead with 'trust and empathy' to fix Japan
TOKYO (AP) — In his first policy speech Friday, Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised to strengthen pandemic management and health care in case of another coronavirus resurgence, and turn around the battered economy while bolstering the country's defenses against threats from China and North Korea. Tasked with a crucial mission of rallying public support ahead of national elections expected on Oct. 31, Kishida promised to pursue politics of “trust and empathy.” He was elected by parliament and sworn in Monday as Japan's 100th prime minister, succeeding Yoshihide Suga who left after only a year in office.
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.
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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