Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Tokyo, September 19

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has visited a shrine seen by China and each Koreas as a logo of wartime aggression.

Abe’s go to on Saturday, which he introduced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first go to in almost seven years.

Abe mentioned on Twitter that he visited the Yasukuni Shrine “and reported to the souls of the war dead” that he’d resigned as prime minister.

The shrine is controversial with Japan’s neighbours as a result of it honours convicted warfare criminals among the many hundreds of thousands of different Japanese who died in World War II.

The go to will doubtless be harshly criticised in each South Korea and China.— AP

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