Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社 or 靖國神社, Yasukuni Jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the kami (spirits) of soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan. Currently, its Symbolic Registry of Divinities lists the names of over 2,466,000 enshrined men and women whose lives were dedicated to the service of Imperial Japan, particularly to those killed in wartime. It also houses one of the few Japanese War Museums dedicated to World War II. There are also commemorative statues to mothers and animals who sacrificed in the war.

The shrine today is a target of criticisms for enshrining Japanese war criminals of World War II, and also for its museum for presenting a revisionist interpretation of the conflict, which does not address Japanese atrocities.

Yasukuni Shrine in Days of InfamyEdit

Many of the Japanese servicemen who participated in the 1941-2 invasion of Hawaii, and later defended it from American forces in 1943, were expected to die for their nation and strongly believed that their spirits (kami) will be automatically and eternally enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine.

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