My Article, “The Serenity of Yasukuni” was published on 9 January 2014 at Rappler.com; the Philippines #1 online news source.
Being military, I know what it means to serve and to hope that when I’m long and gone, the people I swore to protect will recognize my sacrifices that I made for my country. In addition, having lived in Japan for nine years, studied the history and her culture, I believe I came to understand why the Japanese visit Yasukuni and pay their respects. Abe’s visit on 26 Dec 2013, was no different. As a leader of a nation, he felt it was his duty to pay the respects of those that fell attempting to make Japan into the great country it is today.
In this article, I attempt to show the misunderstanding of what the Japanese are doing and what other nations believe the Japanese are doing. Furthermore, I use the English-translated quote by Emperor Meiji, as provided by the Yasukuni website, “I assure those of you who fought and died for your country that your names will live forever at this shrine in Musashino”
…However, I disagree with that translation, and prefer my own: “The names of the individuals who devoted themselves to our country will also be forever remembered at this shrine in Musashino”
Read the article here: http://bit.ly/1cHxhr0