- Title: Japanese PM sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF YASUKUNI SHRINE PEOPLE BOWING INSIDE YASUKUNI SHRINE PEOPLE WALKING INSIDE YASUKUNI SHRINE JAPANESE NATIONAL FLAG
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 04:30
- Keywords: Prime Ministe Shinzo Abe Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga Yasukuni shrine Tokyo Japan
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002B1HH6IV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead on Thursday (October 17).
Abe sent a "masakaki" ceremonial evergreen branch to the shrine for the autumn festival that runs until Sunday (October 20), a spokeswoman at Yasukuni said.
However, domestic media said Abe would not visit the shrine, which is viewed by South Korea and other Asian nations as a symbol of Japan's past military aggression.
At a regular news conference, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga said the government saw the action as a form of "personal action" and had no comments to add.
(Production: Hideto Sakai, Akiko Okamoto)
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