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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a ritual offering of a sacred tree branch for Yasukuni Shine on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, instead of visiting the controversial venue, sources said.

Abe is walking a tightrope between wanting to avoid further damage to ties with China and South Korea while satisfying his conservative supporters by making the offering. He is expected to pay for the offering out of his own pocket as the head of the Liberal Democratic Party, not as the prime minister, the sources said Wednesday.

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