By YURI KAGEYAMA, Connected Press

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No a single was injured.

The Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million of Japanese war dead, including executed war criminals, has been the target of criticism from China and South Korea, which suffered from Japan’s Planet War II atrocities and aggression.

Tokyo police said in a statement that they received a get in touch with about an explosion and smoke at Yasukuni. Firefighters were also referred to as to the scene and discovered the ceiling and walls of the restroom had been damaged, said an official at the Tokyo Fire Department, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But the fire was out by the time they arrived.

It was unclear what brought on the explosion. Police and fire department officials declined to elaborate.

TBS Tv news stated batteries and wirings that might be element of an explosive device were found. Police will be reviewing footage on security cameras for clues on who may be behind the explosion, TBS mentioned.

The particular person in charge of media at Yasukuni was not quickly accessible for comment.

The shrine is a focal point for lingering tensions with Japan’s neighbors over the country’s aggression before and in the course of Planet War II. Some Japanese lawmakers have insisted on creating official visits in the name of patriotism, while other lawmakers say such visits glorify Japan’s historical errors.

Emperor Akihito has not visited Yasukuni. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also avoided making official visits more than the last two years.

Whilst views on the shrine have also divided the Japanese public, it holds emotional significance for many due to the fact throughout the war soldiers promised every other they would reunite at Yasukuni if they died. Survivors and families say an additional monument elsewhere won’t do because the soldiers’ spirits go to Yasukuni.

Numerous households and tourists check out Yasukuni, and Monday was a national vacation.

The shrine has a grandiose gate, giant cherry trees, flocks of pigeons and a museum that pays homage to those who died in Japan’s wars, like kamikaze pilots.


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