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Japanese gov't behind enshrining of top war criminals in Yasukuni Shrine: document

(Xinhua)

13:58, January 21, 2012

TOKYO, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asahi Shimbun, a popular newspaper in Japan, on Saturday revealed that the Japanese government was behind the forces that enshrined the 14 top war criminals in the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, citing historical documents.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare decided to take steps to finally enshrine the war dead in the shrine in 1953, the paper said, citing the document of the ministry, the former of the current Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Top war criminals including Kenji Doihara were previously honored in shrines in such prefectures as Okayama, Fukuoka and Kumamoto before they were enshrined collectively in the shrine in Tokyo in 1978.

The Yasukuni Shrine, which honors some 2.5 million Japanese war dead including 14 top war criminals, is seen as a symbol of Japan' s past militarism.

The Japanese government has been stressing that the enshrining of the war criminals was the decision of the Yasukuni Shrine and the government would not intervene in the religious affairs.

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The Japanese government that decided enshrining the top war criminals is not of present DPJ but of LDP. However, both parties have an intention in common to revise the existing constitution, abolishing pacific Item No.9.
  

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