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Japan PM Abe's Yasukuni visit to 'exacerbate tensions': US embassy

Published on Dec 26, 2013 2:48 PM
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A Shinto priest (right) leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo, on Dec 26, 2013, in a move Beijing condemned as "absolutely unacceptable". The United States is "disappointed" by Mr Abe's visit to the Yasukuni war shrine, which will raise regional tensions, its embassy in Tokyo said on Thursday, Dec 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - The United States is "disappointed" by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni war shrine, which will raise regional tensions, its embassy in Tokyo said on Thursday.

"Japan is a valued ally and friend. Nevertheless, the United States is disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbours," a written statement said.

The reaction came a few hours after Mr Abe went to the shrine, which commemorates more than 2.5 million war dead including more than a dozen high-ranking officials convicted of serious war crimes.

The shrine is a sticking point in relations between Japan and other Asian countries it invaded in the first half of the 20th century. They see it as a place where Tokyo whitewashes its past and glorifies militarism.

 
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