Japan marks 70 years since its World War II surrender

National / History Aug 15, 2015

Japan marks 70 years since its World War II surrender

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of its surrender in World War II on Saturday, with the Imperial Couple, prime minister and about 5,000 relatives of the war dead set to attend a ceremony later in the day to mourn the fallen. This year's commemoration comes ...

National / Politics Apr 22, 2014

South Korea, China hit Diet members' visit to Yasukuni Shrine

South Korea and China on Tuesday criticized a visit by nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, saying it represents the country's lack of remorse for wartime atrocities. The group visit by both ruling and opposition party lawmakers followed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ...

National / Crime & Legal Apr 21, 2014

More activists sue over Abe's shrine visit

Hundreds of activists filed a lawsuit Monday with the Tokyo District Court against the government and war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, claiming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit there last December was unconstitutional. The 273 people in the group, which includes relatives of the war dead, experts on ...

National / Politics Apr 17, 2014

Abe rejects idea of replacing Yasukuni Shrine

Despite growing tensions generated by his controversial visit last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dismissed the idea of building a new memorial to replace war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, saying the Shinto facility is too well known as a venue for mourning. "I ...