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