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Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but refrained from visiting in person amid tense ties with South Korea.
Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged South Korea and China because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals.
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tomomi Inada, a former defense minister and now special aide to Abe, made the monetary offering, called a tamagushi-ryo, on the prime minister's behalf, domestic media said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment, saying it was a private matter.
"The peace and prosperity of our country is due to those heroes who gave their lives for their homeland and I express my gratitude and respect," Inada quoted Abe as saying, according to domestic media.
Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead
Rightwing group members leave after paying tribute to the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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