Giuseppe A. Stavale

Major Giuseppe “Joe” Stavale is a study-track Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer (FAO) specializing in Japan and has completed a joint FAO utilization tour at Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan and currently serves as the Executive Officer, 3D Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

By examining Japan’s history and culture, this paper seeks to understand why the Yasukuni Shrine burdens Japan’s relationship particularly with the Republic of Korea and China.