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5 things about Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine

Published on Apr 22, 2014 1:42 PM
 
Shinto priests walk out from the outer shrine after they administer a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai" on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on April 21, 2014. A group of 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated a tree to the shrine. -- PHOTO: AFP

A group of 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated a tree to the shrine. The moves could further worsen ties with Asian neighbours. Here are 5 things about Yasukuni Shrine.

1. THE SHRINE

Yasukuni Shrine - the name means 'peaceful country' - is located in Chiyoda, in central Tokyo. Like all shrines, it is open to the public.

 
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