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Europe's far-right to visit Japanese war shrine


Europe's far-right to visit Japanese war shrine

Leaders from Europe’s far-right parties will visit a controversial World War II shrine in Tokyo on Saturday after gathering in the city for a conference held by Japanese nationalists.

Guests from eight European countries included members from the British National Party and French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, who finished second in his country’s presidential election in 2002.

The groups say they want to honour Japan’s war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine.

But critics say the shrine is the resting place of some of Japan’s worst war criminals.

The Japanese Imperial Army captured tens of thousand of soldiers and civilians and then tortured, executed or starved death them to death in labour camps before the end of the war in 1945.