Thursday, October 23, 2014   

Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni shrine
(08-15 10:16)

Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects at a Tokyo shrine seen as a symbol of past militarism on Friday and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent an offering, moves likely to anger Asian neighbours and put at risk attempts to improve regional ties.
The visit by cabinet officials including Internal Affairs Minister Yoshitaka Shindo to the Yasukuni shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two is likely to prompt more sharp protests from Beijing and Seoul.

The shrine honours 14 Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, as well as Japan's war dead.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent his offering through a representative but had not been expected to visit in person. --RTHK   
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