Visitors to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo release doves in a gesture of peace on the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. (Photo: YOSHIAKI MIURA)

For young Japanese, war mostly seen as something from dim and distant past

For young Japanese interviewed by The Japan Times the historical significance of Aug. 15 (Japan’s surrender in WWII) or the political tensions surrounding the shrine are subjects seldom discussed. Japan’s role in the war, or its consequences, rarely come up.