Justin Bieber Delays Release of Hideki Tojo Tribute Album Amid Controversy

Friday, April 25, 2014
Justin Bieber

BEIJING — In the wake of his controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Justin Bieber announced Wednesday that he would delay the release of his upcoming tribute album for former Prime Minister of Japan and convicted Class-A war criminal Hideki Tojo.

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Japanese Nationalists Dismantle Yasukuni Shrine, Reassemble It Around Sleeping Shinzo Abe

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Shinzo Abe

TOKYO — With tensions between China and Japan running high over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain, Japanese nationalists led by former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara dismantled Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates Japan’s war dead, including Class-A war criminals, and reassembled it around a sleeping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe, exhausted from his attempts to build bridges with Japan’s ASEAN neighbors over Chinese military expansion while also reaching out to Beijing, was taking a “well-earned rest” in his Tokyo home when members of Ishihara’s nationalist Sunrise Party broke in, sedated him, and relocated him to a Tokyo park.

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