I am not an expert on Yasukuni Shrine, but I do know that being enshrined there means that you are some sort of deity in the Shinto religion. Thus, due to doctrinal reasons, one cannot be taken off the list. Once a god, always a god. Once on the list, always on the list. So, from a Shinto doctrinal standpoint, one cannot be de-deified.
Well, for the Korean and Taiwanese members of the Japanese Imperial army that are enshrined there, because they were added after their deaths, it has been their families that have filed protests with Japanese courts to have the names removed. Every time the Japanese courts have refused to intervene citing a “freedom of religion” rationale.
Well, 86 year old Kim Hui-jong is an odd case where he is still very much alive and five years ago in 2007 he got a Japanese lawyer to ask the courts to get Yasukuni to remove his name. Late last month the Tokyo courts came up with a decision against Kim’s suit.
Anyways, here’s a little passage from the Yonhap article:
“I don’t know why exactly my name was included on the list of the war dead from the onset, but the Japanese officials concerned said it was just an ‘administrative error,’” he said, adding, “I heard that some 11 South Korean former draftees, together with two Britons, who were not killed during the war, are also enshrined there.”
There are Brits enshrined as Shinto gods too? I’m guessing that it’s not the same as being buried in Westminster Abbey, right?
Although they won’t remove Kim’s name from their lists, Yasukuni has recognized the clerical error and has been nice enough to put “still alive” next to his entry. Awww, how thoughtful.