Japan And World War 2
Hundreds pay tribute at the Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo to mark Saturday’s 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. The surrender of Imperial Japan was announced by the Japanese Emperor Hirohito on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, by putting an end to the malice of the world war 2.
“To strive for the common prosperity and happiness of all nations as well as the security and well-being of Our subjects is the solemn obligation which has been handed down by Our Imperial Ancestors and which lies close to Our heart Indeed, We declared war on America and Britain out of Our sincere desire to ensure Japan’s self-preservation and the stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement.
The hardships and sufferings to which Our nation is to be subjected hereafter will be certainly great. We are keenly aware of the inmost feelings of all of you, Our subjects. However, it is according to the dictates of time and fate that We have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable” From the speech of the emperor on surrender
According to the local media japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual cash offering to the Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo to mark Saturday’s 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. Yasukuni honours 2.5 million war dead and the militants KIA during world war 2, mostly Japanese, who perished in the country’s wars since the late 19th century.
Prime minister Abe last visited the shrine in December 2013 to embark his first year as prime minister, sparking anger in China and South Korea and earning an unusual diplomatic reproach from Japan’s closest ally, the United States.