Abe Makes Ritual Offering to Yasukuni Shrine
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 Thursday, the 74th 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.
He apparently gave consideration to Japan's improving relations with China, which regards Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and opposes a visit to the shrine by the prime minister.
Abe last visited Yasukuni in December 2013. After that, he has made tamagushi ritual offerings to the shrine on the Aug. 15 war-end anniversary every year, without paying a visit.
On Thursday, Tomomi Inada, special adviser to Liberal Democratic Party President Abe, visited Yasukuni to pay the tamagushi fee on behalf of Abe.
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