Former PM Nakasone wants Emperor to Visit Yasukuni
Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone proposed Thursday that the emperor, not the prime minister, should visit Yasukuni Shrine when the proper conditions for such a visit have been established.
Nakasone said at a seminar in Kyoto that the souls of those who were drafted into the military and are honored at the shrine "have been waiting for the emperor, not the prime minister, to visit there."
He said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi should play a leading role in helping to establish an environment in which the emperor can visit the shrine. "It's the prime minister's job to create a situation in which the emperor can visit (Yasukuni)," he claimed.
Japan's relations with China and South Korea have deteriorated due to Koizumi's repeated visits to the war-related shrine, which honors Class-A war criminals together with Japan's war dead.
To help create an environment for the emperor to visit the shrine, Nakasone proposed that the Class-A war criminals be separated from the war dead enshrined there. (important parts bolded)
I'm sure you see the problem... there is no way in hell that those in charge of Yasukuni are going to separate out the Class_A war criminals. It's been proposed time and time again with no effect. It's easy to see why when you visit the museum there. Japan is shown to be a complete vicitim forced into the war, the criminals treated as heros.I'm curious about Nakasone's statement later on in the article.
Nakasone said he does not accept the rulings of the 1946-1948 Tokyo war crimes trials against political and military leaders of the prewar and wartime Japanese governments, including those enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine.I'm curious as to why he doesn't accept the rulings and what he feels would have been just. Unfortunately, the article doesn't elaborate on this point.
It will be interesting to see if a solution is ever found to this ongoing thorn in the side of foreign relations.