Major Japanese Political Issues

Major Japanese - Major Japanese Political Issues Yasukuni Shrine"Comfort Women and the legacy of the Second World War There are not many places

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Major Japanese Political Issues Yasukuni Shrine, "Comfort Women" and the legacy of the Second World War There are not many places where the very act of their own country's leader visiting them causes a diplomatic protest. Yasukuni Shrine is one of them. Dedicated to Japan's war dead, it contains a list of over 2.4 million men and women (not all Japanese) who died in the wars of the Meiji Restoration and Imperial Japan . This wouldn't be too much of a problem, except the list contains over 1,000 war criminals . 14 of the people enshrined there are Class A war criminals, including Hideki Tojo, the Japanese Prime Minister for much of the Second World War , considered responsible for the deaths of 8 million civilians. The Yushukan, a privately-maintained war museum on the grounds of the shrine, also presents a highly controversial revisionist interpretation of Japan's role in World War II , claiming that (among other things) Japan was merely "defending Asia" against the Western powers' influence, and that since Japan hadn't signed the Geneva Conventions at the time, the war criminals were convicted illegally. This highly annoys the two Koreas, China, Taiwan and the Japanese left. The official website is under a constant denial of service attack from China. Junichiro Koizumi visited five times during his premiership, but bar one visit before becoming Prime Minister, neither Abe nor Fukuda have visited (one Cabinet Minister has). There have been calls to move the war criminals or take them off the list. The right cite Shinto religious teaching in response and little progress has been made, bar some minor museum changes. "Comfort Women" is the euphemism for the practice during the years before and during World War II of the Japanese military kidnapping and enslaving thousands of women, forcing them to be sexual slaves to Japanese soldiers. Japan insists that it didn't happen , or just a very few bad people did this to a very few women . Naturally, other nations, especially North Korea, South Korea, and China, the three nations most of these women came from, aren't very pleased with this. This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the Second World War . For more on the specifics of what actually went on see Imperial Japan . The Economy, Baka Since the economy is hardly the sexiest issue in the world, we'll be brief.* Back in The Eighties , Japan's economy was the most dynamic in the world . Companies were making money, high-quality Japanese products flooded the world (and humiliated the Big Three ), Japanese investors were buying up gigantic swaths of real estate in Japan and pretty much everywhere else. It was a great time for Japan; their influence was booming; every high-
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