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Barry Desker is Distinguished Fellow and Bakrie Professor of Southeast Asia Policy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he was Dean until 2014. Desker was Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia from 1986-1993. He also served as Singapore’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. He is currently Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Holy See and Spain, and Chairman of Singapore Technologies Marine.Last updated on 13.05.2015
The Yasukuni Shrine memorializes Japan’s war dead, including WWII-era war criminals. For this reason, it has always been a controversial memory site. A much greater problem than the shrine itself, however, is the revisionist museum attached to it.