August 15, 2020

Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine, first since 2016

Tokyo (AFP) – Two Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects on Saturday at a war shrine seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism, in the first such visit since 2016.Nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual cash offering to the Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo to mark Saturday’s 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II but was not expected to visit in person, local media said.Yasukuni honours 2.5 million war dead, mostly Japanese, who perished in the country’s wars since the late 19th century.But it also enshrines senior military and pol…


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