Japan’s new PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine, irking South Korea

TOKYO -- Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead for the autumn festival, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday,

10/17/2021 1:30:00 PM

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead for the autumn festival, Kyodo news agency reported, prompting the South Korean government to express “disappointment.' | Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead for the autumn festival, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday,

/ 05:25 PM October 17, 2021A “masakaki” tree, a ritual offering sent by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is pictured at Yasukuni shrine, seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, during the shrine’s biannual festival held in the spring and autumn, in Tokyo, Japan October 17, 2021 in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO — Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent a ritual offering to the controversialYasukuni Shrinefor war dead for the autumn festival, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday, prompting the South Korean government to express “disappointment”.Kishida was following the example of previous Japanese leaders, who have refrained from visiting in person during the spring and autumn festivals or on the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender to avoid angering China and South Korea.

ADVERTISEMENTThe shrine, in Tokyo, is seen by Beijing and Seoul as a symbol of Japan’s past military aggression because it honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal as well as some 2.5 million war dead.Kishida, who as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party took over the premiership earlier this month, called a national election on Oct. 31, and his stance towards Japan’s neighbors is being closely watched. headtopics.com

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Japan's new PM sends ritual offering to war-linked Yasukuni shrinePrime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni, a Shinto shrine in Tokyo viewed as a symbol of Japan's past militarism by its Asian neighbors.

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