2015 Yasukuni End of war 70th anniversary celebrations
26 images Created 15 Aug 2015
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific war. On August 15th every year many people gather at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine to pay respect to the Japanese war dead. Right wing paramilitary groups, called Uyoku dantai congregate along with veterans and relatives of the fallen servicemen and women. Right wing politicians often make pilgrimages there too to nominally pay therir respects to the spirits of the deceased but also to make political capital with their nationalist support base.