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Former PM Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine for first time in seven years

  • September 20, 2020
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The Sunday editions of all national dailies reported that former Prime Minister Abe disclosed on his Twitter and Facebook accounts that he paid a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday. He reportedly said: “I reported to the souls of the war dead that I resigned as the prime minister on September 16.” Asahi wrote that this was Abe’s first visit to the shrine in about seven years. The paper added that on Saturday the South Korean Foreign Ministry released a comment expressing deep concern over Abe’s visit to the shrine and described the shrine as “a symbolic site that glorifies Japan’s colonial rule and its war of aggression.” The daily said while many Chinese media outlets reported on Abe’s visit to the shrine, the Chinese government has not released any official comment.

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