Defense minister visits Tokyo war shrine after Pearl Harbor
TOKYO | Japan Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, just back from Pearl Harbor, on Thursday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan’s war dead, including convicted war criminals.
The visit, and one by another Cabinet minister the day before, drew rebukes from neighboring South Korea and China.
Ms. Inada accompanied Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit this week to Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, where he offered condolences to those who died in the Japanese attack there in 1941.
Japan’s Asian neighbors harbor bitter memories of the country’s atrocities before and during World War II, when it colonized or invaded much of the region.