I came across this bit of legal news:
Japan enshrined, in the infamous ” Yasukuni war shrine” for the War Dead, the names of Koreans who were forced to serve in the Japanese military. AND, it included the name of at least 1 Korean who is still ALIVE! AND, the Japanese High Court just dismissed an appeal from the relatives and the 1 living Korean to have their names removed from the Shrine, saying “South Koreans needed to respect Japan’s religious beliefs.”
You know, there is always a limit to “religious freedom”, and no case illustrates the need for that limit than this one, particularly in view of history.
In a single stroke, the Japanese High Court has managed to link Japanese “religious beliefs” to its militant past, to the present day Japanese Nationalism.
“South Koreans needed to respect Japan’s religious beliefs.”???!! Er, They specifically don’t want to be any part of “Japan’s religious beliefs”. Which part of “NO” is not understood?
I completely understand South Korea’s indignation in this. (And I have no doubt, a few Chinese names are probably mixed up in the Shrine).
“You are an honored Japanese War Dead! Deal with Japanese religious beliefs.”
Somehow, “religious beliefs” in this context sounds very much like WWII Japanese Imperialism.