On Saturday, Shinzo Abe visited a temple dedicated to the memory of Japanese soldiers in Tokyo.
Former Prime Minister of Japan visited the controversial shrine in Tokyo on Saturday.
The temple is dedicated to the 2.5 million Japanese who died in World War II. Abe last visited the shrine in December 2013, which annoyed China and South Korea at the time.
Towards the end of his term as Prime Minister, Abe no longer visited a shrine sensitive to foreign policy.
Abe posted on Twitter a picture of his visit to the temple just days after Yoshihide Suga stepped in to succeed him.
Occupation time rubs gaps
China and South Korea see the Yasukuni Shrine as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, as it also honors the country’s 14 military leaders who were convicted of war crimes after World War II.
In 2013, the United States also announced its “disappointment” with Prime Minister Abe’s decision to visit the shrine.
Since World War II, the United States and Japan’s former enemies have been closely spaced in security policy. In East Asia, however, the shadows of war are still visible.
Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, still rubbing between the two countries. South Korea says it has not received satisfactory compensation for, among other things, the use of forced labor and the coercion of women into sex work
According to Japan, an agreement on these issues was reached as early as 1965, when the countries normalized their bilateral relations.