TOM CLIF­FORD

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - EX­PAT’S VIEW

to go there af­ter con­victed war crim­i­nals, seven of whom were hanged, were se­cretly en­shrined in 1978, join­ing about 2.5 mil­lion other Ja­panese who died in bat­tle in the 19th and 20th cen­turies.

Hiro­hito had paid his re­spects at Ya­sukuni eight times af­ter the war but made his fi­nal visit in 1975 by which time, ac­cord­ing to palace doc­u­ments, he be­came dis­il­lu­sioned with the way the shrine was be­ing man­aged and what it was try­ing to rep­re­sent.

His son, Em­peror Ak­i­hito, has never vis­ited.

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