August 15, 2019
By Elaine Lies and Tim Kelly
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender, but refrained from visiting in person amid tense ties with South Korea.
Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged South Korea and China because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals.
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tomomi Inada, a former defense minister and now special aide to Abe, made the monetary offering, called a “tamagushi-ryo”, on the premier’s behalf, domestic media said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment, saying it was a private matter.
“The peace and prosperity of our country is due to those heroes who gave their lives for their homeland and I express my gratitude and respect,” Inada quoted Abe as saying, according to domestic media.
Abe has only visited the shrine in person once since taking office in 2012 but has regularly sent offerings on Aug. 15 and during the shrine’s spring and autumn festivals.
Bitter memories of Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of Korea have long plagued ties with South Korea.
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Source:: One American News Network