Raking up the past

Raking up the past
Topshotsa Shinto priest (R) leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo

TOKYO - Mr Shinzo Abe (centre) became the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni Shrine since 2006, in a move that drew sharp rebukes from both China and South Korea.

Visits by Japanese politicians to the shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, have long been a point of friction, because of Japan's brutal aggression during World War II.

Mr Abe, whose grandfather served as a minister in Japan's war-time Cabinet, described his visit as a pledge against war.


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