The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed deep concern and regret today over the group visits to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese and opposition lawmakers.
“We express our deep concern and regret over the large-scale visits by the responsible leadership of Japan’s new parliament to the Yasukuni Shrine, a symbolic facility that glorifies wars of colonial aggression and aggression,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a commentary by a spokesperson.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized, “We strongly point out that the international community can trust Japan when it properly faces history and demonstrates humble reflection and genuine reflection on its past through actions.”
This morning, 99 members of the ruling and opposition parties from the Japanese non-partisan ‘Meeting of Parliamentarians to Worship Yasukuni Shrine Together’ visited Yasukuni Shrine.
It is the first time in two years and two months since October 18, 2019 that this group visited the Yasukuni Shrine.
Among the worshipers were government officials such as Genichiro Hosoda, Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Deputy Minister of Environment, Mutaisuke.
Yasukuni Shrine is a facility that enshrines the heroic spirits of the 2,466,000 people who died in the civil wars that took place in Japan after the Meiji Restoration and the numerous wars caused by the Japanese imperialism.