Japan PM offers gift to Tokyo war shrine

The Yasukuni shrine honours Japan's war dead, including some senior military and political figures convicted of serious crimes in the wake of the country's World War II defeatJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday made a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of Tokyo’s militarist past. Abe donated a sacred “masakaki” tree bearing his name as prime minister to coincide with the start of the four-day autumn festival at the shrine in central Tokyo, a shrine official said. Abe is also expected to hold his first official bilateral meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on the sidelines of the summit, Kyodo News and other reports said.

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