• Kyodo


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday after the United States urged him not to do so, prompting Washington to use harsher than normal language in criticizing him, a U.S. official said.

Another U.S. official blasted Abe for visiting the controversial shrine, which honors war criminals among Japan’s war dead, saying he rendered recent U.S. efforts to help Japan mend its fences with China and South Korea “useless.”

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