The Is A Japan 's Symbolic Image

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Yasukuni shrine, is a Japan’s symbolic image. Located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, this shrine is widely recognized as a Shinto Shrine. Founded on June 1869 by the Emperor Meiji himself, its existence has the purpose of commemorating those who have fallen for the Empire of Japan. Also the original name is Tōkyō Shōkonsha, which means shrine to summon the soul. There would not be much to say if it was one in many normal Shinto shrines in Japan which their existence do not concerned politics. The difference is that the shrine “specifically honors 2.5 million fallen heroes – officers, personnel which died during military service” and 14 “considered-war-criminals” (particularly class-A war criminals) in the World War II – when Japan was a fascist regime – were being enshrined (spiritually kept in the shrine through a sort of traditional Japanese ceremony). Related to this topic is the article: “The Yasukuni Shrine dispute and the politics of identity in Japan” by Daiki Shibuichi. From the beginning, the article started with the question: “Why all the fuss”. The fuss mentioning is the complexity of Japan’s attitude toward the Yasukuni Shrine to reconcile the nation’s political identities through it. In general, the whole text is focused on the role of Japanese rightist and the aspect of identity politics in Japan (as mentioned in the abstract). The author wrote that it is a must to visit the Yasukuni Shrine for anyone who is interested in Japan’s society and politics. So that the shrine

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