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South Korea protests against the resumption of ministerial offers to Japanese war criminals

South Korea officially protested on Saturday against the resumption of visits by Japanese ministers to the Yasukuni Shrine, a place of rest and remembrance for Japanese people who died in WWII, including war criminals convicted of atrocities during WWII and Japanese expansion in conflict.

Official visits, theoretically suspended since 2016, resumed this Saturday with visits from four ministers, including Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

After Koizumi, three other ministers and several Conservative MPs appeared while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual sacrifice to the shrine in the early morning as a token of “respect and gratitude for those who fell during the time that laid the foundation for the war laid the peace “.

South Korea protests against the resumption of ministerial offers to Japanese war criminals
South Korea protests against the resumption of ministerial offers to Japanese war criminals

Abe has no plans to go to the shrine, which he has not visited since 2013 – when its appearance sparked international condemnation – and instead planted flowers in the nearby Chidorigafuchi cemetery, according to the official Japanese news agency Kyodo.

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