Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.

Dec 16, 2014

'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever

With Angelina Jolie’s film “Unbroken” about Japan’s brutal treatment of prisoners during World War II being released this month, Chinese filmmaker Li Ying figures his 2007 anti-militarist documentary “Yasukuni” has only gained in relevance. The film, which had its British premiere last week, focuses ...

Group tells Yasukuni Shrine to ditch convicted war criminals

Oct 29, 2014

Group tells Yasukuni Shrine to ditch convicted war criminals

An influential group that represents families of the war dead is urging Yasukuni Shrine to remove the names of the convicted war criminals currently enshrined there, an official said Wednesday. A chapter of the Japan War-Bereaved Families Association passed a resolution at its annual ...

U.S. military told troops not to visit Yasukuni Shrine

Aug 17, 2014

U.S. military told troops not to visit Yasukuni Shrine

U.S. military leaders in Japan advised against a planned visit by some of their troops to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in early April, before President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo, apparently out of consideration to South Korea and China, an American military source said Saturday. ...

Drift rightward has been building for years

Feb 14, 2014

Drift rightward has been building for years

by Ayako Mie

Fashion model Junko Amo made headlines on Aug. 15, 2002, when she initiated a visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine with a group of some 180 people she met via 2channel, Japan’s biggest Internet forum. Amo, now 35, said she developed strong feelings for the ...