Many foreign troops visited Yasukuni Shrine

The country whose military has the most frequency visited Yasukuni formally is the USA, the second is Germany.
Especially the military attaches of the German Embassy in Japan always visit there both upon arriving in and just before leaving Japan.

Until some time ago, Japanese ministers used to visit Yasukuni shrine as a matter of course. It, however, slipped into a troublesome political issue insidiously. I think main players in complicating the situation would be left-wing powers which came into the postwar Japan and have worked behind the scenes. They always have emitted smoke without fire, spoiled relations between Japan and the rest of the East Asian countries.
Normally, it would make no sense for differing with other country’s way of enshrining its war dead. Even the US army that was engaged in mortal combat with Japan in the past war has viseted Yasukuni many times, and of course successive Japanese PMs also have visited Arlington Cemetery.
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. . . .* Militaries that have ever visited Yasukuni*

Commander Ricardo Laure and the 51 crew of the Juan Sebastián Elcano,training squadron of the Spanish navy

Commander Ricardo Laure of the Juan Sebastián Elcano, training squadron of the Spanish navy, and his 50 crew members

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General Lieutenant Johanes Steinhoff of Luftwaffe

General Lieutenant Johanes Steinhoff of Luftwaffe

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Rear Admiral Daniel.T.Smith, Captain general of the US Army in Japan, and 25 top officials

Rear Admiral Daniel.T.Smith, Captain general of the US Army in Japan, and 25 top officials

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Crew members and cadets of the french escort ship Victor Cherchez and the aircraft carrier Jeanne d'Arc

Crew members and cadets of the French escort ship Victor Cherchez and the aircraft carrier Jeanne d’Arc

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Cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

Cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

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Ambassadors to Japan, Colonel Sylva and cadets of the Emeraldas, training squadron of the Chilean navy

Colonel Sylva and cadets of the Emeraldas, training squadron of the Chilean navy, and Ambassador of Chile to Japan

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Military attaches of Brazil,Israel, Pohland and Turkey

Military attaches of Brazil,Israel, Poland and Turkey

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Captain Luis and his 60 men of training squadron of Peru

Captain Luis and his 60 men of training squadron of Peru

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Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy

Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy

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Minister of Defense Andreotti and the cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

Minister of Defense Andreotti and cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

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Major of Marines Oscarmás, Captain of the Libertad, training squadron of the Argentina navy, and navy cadets.

Cadets and Lieutenant commander Oscarmás of Commanding officer of the Libertad, training squadron of the Argentina navy

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Major of marines ,a commander of training squadron of Thailand

Major of marines Bantom, a commander of training squadron of Thailand

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Captain of the Custódio de Melo,training squadron of Brazil, cadets and 120 crew

Captain of the Custódio de Melo, s training squadron of Brazil, cadets and 120 crew members

Saying at the risk of his life

Korean professer Che Kiho

Korean professer Che Kiho


This is an old Korean professor’s confession.
In Japan people talk about anything freely because we have a free-speech law. How about in S.Korea? This Korean professor says in his HP that it is a very risky attempt for him to speak the truth about history between Japan and Korea. Such suppression of free speech is originally unworthy of the democratic country. If Korean people think their historical perspective is right in the context of objective facts, they would have no occasion to remove another opinion, wouldn’t they? I want the Koreans to have more respect for laws, rules and objective facts, and they should argue about the problems between Japan and S.Korea in more calm manner。

**A Korean professor’s confession**

“I am 88 years old now. I want to speak the truth here.”
(Che Kiho崔基鎬, a guest professor of the Kaya 伽耶University of korea)

I was born in 1923 in the last years of the Korea. I want to speak “the truth” here for neither Korea nor Japan. I need a great deal of decision to do it. I have to prepare myself even for a crisis of life. But I believe this is my mission.

I was living in Seoul, sometimes went to Pyongyang or Tokyo.
The Koreans of that time were “more Japanese than the Japanese”.
We would see news film of the war before the main movie in the theater. When Japan’s victory in New Guinea Campaign was screened there was a great clapping of hands like a storm and filled “Banzai” inside the hole. As I liked movies, also used to go to the theater in Tokyo, in the same situation Japanese people were calm, adversely the Korean were very delighted just like getting an electric shock. This was an usual scene in daily life in that time. So I can’t trust the word “pro‐Japanese side” They criticize even their ancestors by using the untrustworthy words.

Korean leaders has attempt to get people to be anti-Japanists passionately in order to negate an image of “gentle and kindly Japanese” As compared to Korean and Japanese history education, whereas Japan distorts 10% of the facts, S.korea 90% of them, I think.

They haven’t taught their people about an extraordinary political corruption at the end of the Chosen Dynasty period, instead saying that Korea could have attained independence successfully if Japan had not gotten involved in it.

It is clear that Japan has improved education, medical services, industry and society’s infrastructure of Korea since Japan’s annexation of the Korean Peninsula, and laid the foundation for the modernization of the country.

I am astounded at the Koreans who condemn the Japan’s achievements by saying “That was just product of aggressive policy of Japan’s imperialism!” I will not even comment especially on such claim as “Japan’s imperialism worked against the development of the Korean national industries!”

It was the Chosen Dynasty that killed Korea’s national industries. They considered forward-thinking people as rebels, and executed not only them but also their families. The Koreans cry out, “Japan’s abuse of Koreans” or “sexual slavery”, but I can’t believe that because I know the historical truths of Korea.

Korea had been just like the hell. It remained unaltered after the Korean Empire established.

In 1904 Japan decided to provide a financial aid to Korea to save miserable state of it. For example in 1907, although Korea had annual government revenue of only 7.48 million yen, it spent more than 30 million yen annually. and Japan bore the difference of them. In 1908, it rose to 31 million yen.

What do you think about the 88 years old man’s outcry?
(sorry if mistranslations)

Accusation of Old Professor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvvra5dHDPU&feature=youtu.be
the professor’s HP
http://yeoksa.blog.fc2.com/page-0.html

It’s quite clear by using comonsense

To be honest, I think there is a possibility that the facts about “the taking of women by force” have been twisted by political forces with various ideologies which came into the postwar Japan and have worked behind the scenes. Therefore we will probably need to gather as many evidences against the event as possible again and investigate without prejudice what really happened in those days.

Despite the importance of how the comfort women were treated in the wartime brothels, here, I want to focus solely on whether the Japanese army actually abducted ordinary Korean women “willy-nilly” and “systematically” to make them work as such?
One day women walking along the street as usual were captured and taken to a brothels.. whether such a horrible thing could really happen? I myself want to know it.
Following post is from the MSN site, about testimony by a person involved

Women not forcibly seized by the military

It’s quite clear by using comonsense

The Korean government approved a private organization for electing a monument for the comfort women of the war in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. While Japanese government gave the Grand Cordon of the Paulownia Flowers to Kono Yohei who released so-called KOUNO’s discourse in 1992 that acknowledged virtually the dubious fact that the Japanese army involved in taking women by force.

The comfort women were nothing more than the professional ones who did buisiness under a contract. Most of them were recruited by Korean employment agents. But the korean people, in both the public and private sectors, have kept on using ” Military comfort women issue” as a bargaining chip.

Daishido Tsuneyasu(大師堂経慰) who once worked at the General Headquarters of Korea as an administrative official, had deep knowledge about the affairs of those times, but died on November, 2012 being concerned about the issue. The article in the magazine “Seiron” is his Posthumous, wrote up on 15 August, 2010.

Here, after he marshaled deta about how a fake story of “comfort women by force” was fabricated and it took on a life of its own, and offered them in the magazine, then wrote the following words based on his own experiences..”At first why I don’t think the Japanese militaly seized the women by force is that if they did it there must have been several times more witnesses to the events than the victims of it and a huge protest against Japanese military must have happened in the peninsula however during the war, but actually neither eyewitness testimony nor protest was”

Mr.Daishido introduced the subject of Gwangju Student Movement in 1929 as a collateral evidence. This is the massive student’s protest movement in Korea against Japan during the occupation, which happened because some Japanese junior high-school students made fun of Korean school girls. By most definitions everybody knows what would happen if Japanese brought many Korean women against their will from such a place like where a big protest took place only due to kidding Korean women
(sorry if mistranslation)

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/111206/kor11120608190000-n2.htm