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August 15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan: This group of elderly gentlemen, all former members of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service and veterans of WW II, meet every year at Yasukuni Shrine on the anniversary of the end of World War II. This year it was the 72nd anniversary and tens of thousand came out in the rain to pay their respects for Japan’s war dead at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, 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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- Anniv of war's end @ Yasukuni war shrine 8-15-2017