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5 things about Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine

Published on Aug 15, 2014 12:15 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

Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Friday (Aug 15, 2014) in a move likely to anger China and South Korea, which see the shrine as a symbol of Japan’s militarist past.

Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not visit the Yasukuni shrine to mark the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, he sent a ritual offering. 

Here are 5 things about the 145-year-old Yasukuni Shrine:

1. THE SHRINE

 
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