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August 15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan: Part of the spectacle at Yasukuni Shrine on anniversary of the end of World War II always includes patriotic fanatics dressing up in military costumes. But for all the other tens of thousands who came out in the rain, they came to pay their respects for Japan’s war dead at Yasukuni, 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
August 15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan: Part of the spectacle at Yasukuni Shrine on anniversary of the end of World War II always includes patriotic fanatics dressing up in military costumes. But for all the other tens of thousands who came out in the rain, they came to pay their respects for Japan’s war dead at Yasukuni, 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.