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Aniversary of end of WW II

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August 16, 2017, Tokyo, Japan: With her harmonica, this elderly women leads a nostalgic group in the singing WW II era patriotic songs. This was part of the festivities taking place at Yasukuni Shrine on the 72nd anniversary of the end of WW II. Here, tens of thousand came out in the rain to pay their respects for Japan’s war dead. Yasukuni Shrine is the national Shinto shrine where nearly 2.5 million war dead from the past 150 years are enshrined. Visits to Yasukuni by top Japanese politicians continue to outrage China and South Korea because it honors 14 World War II class A war criminals who are also enshrined there. Even so, dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine today, while PM Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering via his emissary. Photo by Torin Boyd.
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August 16, 2017, Tokyo, Japan: With her harmonica, this elderly women leads a nostalgic group in the singing WW II era patriotic songs. This was part of the festivities taking place at Yasukuni Shrine on the 72nd anniversary of the end of WW II. Here, tens of thousand came out in the rain to pay their respects for Japan’s war dead. Yasukuni Shrine is the national Shinto shrine where nearly 2.5 million war dead from the past 150 years are enshrined. Visits to Yasukuni by top Japanese politicians continue to outrage China and South Korea because it honors 14 World War II class A war criminals who are also enshrined there. Even so, dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine today, while PM Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering via his emissary. Photo by Torin Boyd.