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JAPAN WAR-END ANNIVERSARY 2009 (15 images)

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Aug. 15 marks the anniversary of Japan's surrender in the Pacific War. A number of commemorative events are held, the most prominent of which takes place at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Hundreds of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to the controversial shrine, including nationalists and right-wing groups dressed in military attire. The shrine's "Symbolic Registry of Divinities" lists 2.46 million names of people who served Imperial Japan, the majority of whom lost their lives...
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