Japan PM Abe prays at controversial war shrine, a move certain to anger China, South Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prayed at the controversial Yasukuni war shrine just before noon (11am Singapore time) in central Tokyo today, a move guaranteed to cause another diplomatic flap with China and South Korea.
The visit was telecast live on national television.
The Japanese leader arrived at the shrine dressed in formal "morning dress" consisting of a black morning coat, grey striped trousers and silver tie, and was greeted by some shrine visitors waving paper Japanese flags.
It is the first time in seven years that an incumbent Japanese premier has prayed at Yasukuni. The last leader to do so was then premier Junichiro Koizumi on Aug 15, 2006, shortly before he left office.