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Kishida makes ritual offering to Yasukuni

NHK reported that Prime Minister Kishida sent a ritual “masakaki” tree offering to Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday to commemorate the opening of its semiannual festival. The premier reportedly has no plans to visit the war shrine during the two-day event. According to the network, LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Takaichi and former Prime Minister Abe visited the war memorial separately to pay tribute to the fallen. The broadcaster added that the South Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing “profound disappointment and regret” at the prime minister’s offering and urging Japanese political leaders to come to terms with and repent for the country’s history.

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