Kerry lays wreath at Tokyo cemetery in apparent US Yasukuni push
TOKYO (AFP) - The US Secretary of State laid a wreath at a Tokyo cemetery on Thursday, in an apparent American attempt to nudge Japan away from lionising its controversial Yasukuni Shrine.
John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel became the most senior foreign dignitaries to pay their respects at Chidori ga Fuchi, a cemetery near Tokyo's Imperial Palace, since the Argentinian president in 1979, a cemetery official said.
Another official told AFP the visit had been instigated by the US and had not come about as a result of a Japanese invitation.
US defense officials said the cemetery was Japan's "closest equivalent" to Arlington National Cemetery.