On August 15, 1945 Japan officially surrender thus ending WWII. The controversial Yasukuni Shrine which houses all war dead from 1867 to WWII including war criminals attracts a fair bit of attention on this day. Prime Minister Abe chose to visit the shrine by proxy.
Every year there is a peace protest which actually skirts south of the shrine heavily guarded by police and dogged by rightwingers. There are some scuffles with the police but nothing too serious.
August 15th 1945 Japan unconditionally surrendered ending WWII
WWII Japanese soldier re-enactor
Uh....? Um....? No comment!
One of the infamous black vans which blare out propaganda and rightwing music
Police stop a van with an Imperial crest on it which means rightwingers
Peace Protester says his peace
Tojo with a swastika on his head
Rightwinger looking distraught that he can't hurt anyone (or pretend to want to)
Rightwinger gives Cop an earful
Peace protestor dressed as a kitsune - fox
Didn't I see these guys in Pink Floyd's The Wall?
Whoa! I'd invade her Manchuria!
That surreal feeling of smugness at catching a Japanese nationalist buying a frappuccino at Starbucks