This is a controversial shrine that memorializes around 2.5 million people who died during the wars this country was involved in and the rebuilding of Japan. This includes 352,297 unidentified WWII dead and civilians from the air raids on Japan and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was founded in 1869 and a record called Book of Souls enshrined that notes each name, place of origin, date, and place of death.
Since 1978, fourteen class-A war criminals have been enshrined at Yasukuni, and 1,068 were convicted of WWII war crimes causing public outrage. Furthermore, visits from government officials such as cabinet members and prime ministers have caused concern about the separation of church and state. There is a museum next to the shrine that gives more details about the shrine.
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