Japan PM Abe may make an offering at Yasukuni shrine
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may make a ritual offering to a shrine seen as a symbol of Japan's former militarism, the media said on Wednesday - a move likely to anger China and place at risk tentative diplomatic overtures by Tokyo.
An offering on Thursday, the emotive anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two, would highlight the fine line Mr Abe seeks to tread between mending frayed China ties and appealing to his conservative support base. A similar move in April infuriated China and South Korea, both victims of wartime aggression.
Mr Abe is likely to skip visiting the Yasukuni Shrine to war dead, where people convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal are also honoured. But he may make the offering through a representative of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Japanese media said.
Neither the prime minister's office nor LDP headquarters could confirm the media reports.