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Grave of Hideki Tojo

Revered or reviled?  It depends on who you are and what country you come from, but Hideki Toji was a politician and general of the Imperial Japanese Army.  He was also the country’s twenty-seventh prime minister and an advocate for a “preventive war” against the United States. At the end of the war he was arrested and put on trial for war crimes.  Hanged on December 23, 1948, his ashes were divided with half being enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine and the remains buried at Zoshigaya Cemetery in Tokyo’s Toshima ward.

The grave is easy to locate in the cemetery and is fairly simple.  Nothing ostentatious about it at all. As you can see it is well-kept and always has fresh flowers on it.  Even today he still attracts a lot of visitors.