It is already given that if a Prime Minister visits the controversial Yasukuni Shrine personally, it will cause an uproar amongst the Koreans and Chinese people. Because the Japanese PM of course, represents Japan, if he will visit the said shrine personally, it means that he honors A-class war criminals.
I believe that as an outsider, visiting any controversial place where big-time war criminals are enshrined is taboo in general. No wonder, Germans accepted their country’s dark past, which is good because they don’t want history to repeat itself again.
by Lilia Yamakawa
In 1985, US President Ronald Reagan agreed to visit a cemetery in Bitburg, Germany to lay a wreath in honor of Germany’s war casualties. Reagan’s team of advisors did not do their homework, and it was later discovered that the cemetery contained graves of some of Hitler’s elite officers who had taken part in the massacre of Jews. Here was a president who always talked about “American values”, and he was going to pray for soldiers who had caused the Holocaust. There were strong protests by Jewish groups, US congressmen, US military officials, and regular citizens who all urged Reagan not to make the visit. He felt he could not cancel, however, and instead, a trip to a nearby concentration camp was also scheduled for the day of the cemetery visit. Reagan was not anti-Jewish, nor was he a Nazi sympathizer, and he himself had even served…
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