August 15 is the anniversary of the end of World War II

The Japanese government has decided August 15th, the day when World War II was virtually terminated, as the day of the end of the war. The government holds the ceremony to memorialize all the victims of the war every year on this day, and many citizens pray silently at noon.

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine on August 15

The Japanese government accepted the Potsdam Declaration in the name of the Emperor, signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty after the occupation by the United Nations. In this process, Japan reflected on the past, condemned the responsible person, and showed the world the determination to be reborn as a peaceful state.


Memorial ceremony sponsored by the government

However, the power that opposes this idea still exists in Japan. Many groups gathered at the Yasukuni Shrine on August 15 also appealed that World War II was a fight of justice. Within Yasukuni Shrine, it was explained that the Asian countries had developed as a result of occupation by the former Japanese Army, and in the vicinity of the shrine the right group is appealing for the revival of the former Constitution.

Extreme nationalists assertions are out of the sense of many Japanese. However, it is also a fact that more people are in sync with this recently. The Yasukuni Shrine on August 15th will become an extremely political place.

Yasukuni shrine security

Extreme activities of nationalist groups will be targets of terrorism by extremely leftist groups. There are also organizations that act violently in nationalist groups, and a large number of police officers are placed at the Yasukuni Shrine on August 15.


Many security officers with protectors, police officers wearing uniforms, and plain-clothes police officers aimed at monitoring the violence group are arranged. When the nationalist group with the flag also comes out from the shrine (around 30 seconds) in the above movie, there are two men wearing a white shirt approaching the group from the left. They are public security officials who monitor the group that is in Yasukuni Shrine.

On August 15th it is a memorial day for countless people who died, but the Yasukuni Shrine has no atmosphere to quietly memorize.