Nişimura Yasutoshi, Japan’s Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, arrived at the controversial Yasukuni shrine as part of the anniversary of August 1945, when his country surrendered in World War II.
Stating that he made a donation to the temple during his visit, Nişimura said that he paid for it out of his pocket as a member of the House of Representatives.
“I prayed for them to sleep peacefully”
“I prayed for those who lost their lives in the war to rest in peace. Japan’s prosperity is built on their devotion,” said Nişimura.
In addition to his ministry, Nişimura continues his duty as a cabinet member responsible for the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) measures.
Cabinet Chief Secretary Kato Katsunobu said the “appropriate decision” would be made for Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s visit to the temple as part of the anniversary.
Kyodo agency reported that after Suga took office in September 2020, no cabinet members visited the temple during the spring and fall festivals.
Originally built in 1869, the temple is known to honor the memory of 2.5 million people who died in the Second World War, but retains its controversial status as the temple monks considered 14 war criminals “sacred” in 1978.