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Chief priest of Yasukuni Shrine to step down over controversial remarks on Emperor

  • October 11, 2018
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All papers wrote briefly that the chief priest of Yasukuni Shrine is expected to resign in the near future to take responsibility for a stir caused by his alleged comments on Emperor Akihito, which were published recently in a tabloid magazine. The priest reportedly said during an internal meeting in June: “The more the Emperor makes foreign tours to pray for the fallen, the more alienated Yasukuni Shrine becomes. To put it frankly, the Emperor is trying to destroy the shrine.” A spokesperson of the shrine has reportedly acknowledged that the chief priest indeed made the comments and said they were “quite inappropriate.”  Neither Emperor Hirohito nor Emperor Akihito visited the shrine after the so-called “Class A” war criminals were enshrined there in 1978.  

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