Japanese PM ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) offers flowers during a visit tp the Kelaniya Rajamaha temple in Colombo on September 8, 2014Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh. During his overnight official visit, Abe had paid tribute to a former Sri Lanka President Junius Jayewardene, who was cremated at the temple grounds in 1996. Jayewardene had made an impassioned plea on behalf of Japan at the 1951 Peace Treaty signing in San Francisco which officially ended World War II, and demanded war reparations. Jayewardene declined compensation from Japan, which had carried out several aerial bombing raids in Colombo and the eastern port city of Trincomalee, a strategic staging post for allied troops.

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