When it comes to history, Japan is remembered during World War II. They entered the war in September 1940 that drew the US into the same war in 1941 after attacking their naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Millions of people died in the midst of the war allegedly initiated by Japan itself. It was reported that over 100,000 Americans and 71,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers, and over 12,000 prisoners of war, died.
It was a victory in Europe when Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, but the Asia-Pacific region witnessed the war for several months.
On July 26, 1945, the allies asked Japan to surrender after the fighting had ended, but the deadline passed without they obeyed the plea.
The last final strike to mark the end of the war was when the US dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, which have vanished into history.
Japanese Emperor Hirohito first appeared on the radio when he announced the end of the war on August 15. Japan’s official surrender took place on September 2 of the same year.
And on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of this war, which took place on Saturday, August 15, 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised in his speech not to repeat the tragedy of the war forever. He added that they will continue to be committed to that firm promise.
The Prime was not present in person, but instead marked an offer to a controversial shrine of war in Tokyo on the occasion.
It is only the four ministers who have visited the Yasukuni Shrine, which is likely to upset China and South Korea because it is the first time such top figures have visited the shrine.
Korea and China regard any visit by a senior Japanese politician to the shrine as a criminal offense.
The reasons why the Japanese emperor never pays the shrine a visit and forced the memorial service to take place elsewhere.
The shrine pays homage to several high-ranking figures convicted of war crimes, as well as to the country’s war dead.it is also home to spirits of those about 2.5 million Japanese who died during the war.
Koichi Hagiuda, the minister of education, told reporters that he had shown respect for the souls of those who sacrificed themselves nobly during this war.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not confirm his visit to the shrine in his remarks on Saturday. But during Liberation Day, an occasion in South Korea, the president said his government was ready at any time to sit down for talks on historical disputes.
It was obvious how the Japanese still respect their companions sacrificed during the war.
Despite hot temperatures of around 36 degrees and amid COVID-19 fears around the world, many people lined up to show their respect. It’s an opportunity on a date that many Asians will remember.
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