Japanese pay homage at Yasukuni Shrine as Japan marks 71st anniversary of WWII
Japan marked 71 years of the end of World War I with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year.
Japan marked 71 years of the end of World War I with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year. Photo: AP
Japanese lawmakers visited the Yasukuni Shrine to offer prayers to the war dead. The Shrine honours millions of mostly Japanese war dead, as well as senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes after the war. Photo: AP
Even as people offered prayers to the dead, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe avoided going to the shrine. He sent a ritual donation of money and religious ornaments instead. Photo: AP
Local officials and those who survived the bombing called for strict adherence to Japan’s post-war tradition of pacifism. Worshippers at the shrine released doves, wishing for the world peace. Photo: AP
All visitors paid respects to the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine has for decades been a point for criticism by countries that suffered from Japan's colonialism and aggression in the first half of the 20th century. Photo: AP
Visitors offer a silent prayer to the ward dead at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Japan marked the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II. APThousands of people, including ageing survivors and relatives of victims, observed a minute's silence at 11.02 am, the exact moment of the blast. Photo: AP