Japan marks the 78th anniversary of the end of WWII (10 images)
By Wade Sheridan
Thousands visited the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo to mourn the 2.4 million dead from World War II on the 78th anniversary Japan's surrender Tuesday. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako led a national moment of silence.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) delivers his remarks with Empress Masako during the memorial service for those who died in World War II, marking the 78th anniversary of Japan's surrender, in Tokyo on August 15, 2023. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech during the memorial service at Nippon Budokan, but elected not to pray at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. Previous visits to the shrine by top officials have heightened tensions with China and South Korea due to the site's recognition of military figures who were convicted of war crimes after the war. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI