SFU English 380: Mutilation and Foreign Relations in the Japanese Novel

A class blog for students of English 380 - "Literature in Translation" - at Simon Fraser University in Autumn 2005.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Japan's PM War Memorial Controversy

On Japan, its history & Shintoism.
Via cnn.com:
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi prayed on Monday at a Tokyo war shrine that Asian critics say glorifies Japan's past militarism, in a visit likely to anger the country's neighbors. Japan's 2.5 million war dead are worshipped as deities at Yasukuni Shrine, which belongs to Japan's native Shinto religion. They include convicted war criminals executed by the Allies after World War II, such as wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo.

Japanese court rules the visit is illegal. And South Korea protests.


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