Shinzo Abe, leader of the largest opposition party and almost certain to be Japan's next prime minister, recently visited Yasukuni Shrine. Now, this is no ordinary shrine to Shinto animism. Rather, Yasukuni honors all Japan's war dead, indiscriminately. Young men who were sent on suicide missions as kamikaze pilots are enshrined alongside the war criminals who dispatched them, as well as soldiers who slaughtered Chinese civilians in Nanking. As a private citizen Abe can worship wheresoever he pleases, but his position as high-ranking MP makes visits to Yasukuni problematic, to say the least.