As the anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces during World War II is fast approaching, some members of the Japanese Government are planning to visit the Yasukuni Shrine in order to pay homage to the country’s soldiers who died during the war. With such possibilities, Japan may draw more criticism, especially from countries they once occupied. South Korea states its opposition for such practice, as if honoring those who have inflicted torment to others.
Sanae Takaichi, policy chief of Japan’s ruling party, is expected to visit the Yasukuni Shrine on the 15th. Others are also reported to come and pay homage to Japan’s deceased soldiers. “Worshipping at the Yasukuni Shrine by the Japanese government and political leaders is something that should not happen,” said Cho Tai-Young, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson. Japan remembers August 15 as the day of its surrender and withdrawal from countries once occupied, while other countries, like South Korea, celebrate the day as the National Liberation Day from Japan.
South Korea and China are known for not being shy when it comes to reminding Japan of the latter’s infliction on both nations. Cho has also conveyed South Korea’s stance, which he said to be “clear and known to the whole world.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, aware of what a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine can do to Japan’s international ties, said that he will not visit the shrine on August 15.