Tokyo. 5 Dec. INTERFAX – About 60 deputies from various parties of Japan’s Parliament on Tuesday visited a Tokyo Shinto Yasukuni Shrine, where commemorate the dead in the wars of Japanese soldiers, reports channel al-NHK.
The group of MPs included representatives of the ruling liberal democratic party of Japan and opposition parties, including the Democratic party and the Party of hope. Among those who visited the sanctuary was also attended by several Ministers and a special adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
However, the Abe refrained from visiting the Shrine and sent a ritualistic offering.
The TV channel said that usually MPs visit Yasukuni Shrine during spring and autumn festivals. However, this year observed October autumn festival coincided with the campaign for elections to the lower house of Parliament, then MPs did not visit Yasukuni Shrine.
In this sanctuary are kept the signs with the names of Japanese soldiers who died in world war II, including military leaders, who after the war were declared war criminals.
China and other of Japan’s neighbors strongly oppose visits by official representatives of the Church, perceiving them as an insult to the memory of its citizens killed during the aggression by Japan in the first half of the twentieth century, including the annexation of the Korean Peninsula and occupation of a large part of China during the Second world war.
Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine in December 2013. He later made there visits and limited offerings from personal funds.