Japan’s Abe won’t visit controversial shrine: Report
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit a controversial shrine to war dead on the anniversary of his country’s surrender in World War II, a report said on Thursday.
Kyodo News, citing a government source, said Abe would stay away on August 15 from the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo.
It said the move could be seen as part of efforts to avoid further tensions with countries such as China and South Korea which were victims of Japan’s pre-war and wartime aggression.
The shrine honours some 2.5 million citizens who died in World War II and other conflicts, including 14 top convicted war criminals.