More than two million Japanese who have died in war since the Meiji Restoration are enshrined here since 1879. The controversies started when war criminals were secretly buried here in 1978. Emperor Hirohito was privately displeased with the action and has refused to visit the shrine. No emperor has visited the shrine since 1975.
War heroes or criminals?
I think it all depends on which side you are on
Should the Japanese Prime Minister visit the shrine?
Not even in his personal capacity when he is in office
The Father of modern Japanese army
Many of the soldiers longed or their mothers and water at the last moments of their lives.
This fountain represents a mother offering water in the abstract form