Abe Makes Ritual Offering to Yasukuni Shrine on War Anniv.

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a "tamagushi" ritual offering at his own expense to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Wednesday, marking the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.

Abe plans to skip an anniversary visit to the Shinto shrine, which honors Class-A war criminals along with the war dead, for the sixth straight year since his second administration was launched.

He apparently gave consideration to China and South Korea, which regard the shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and strongly oppose a visit by the national leader.

Abe made the ritual offering under the name of the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, through Masahiko Shibayama, special aide to the LDP leader, who visited the shrine on his behalf.

Shibayam told reporters that he has a message from Abe apologizing for his failure to pay a visit.

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