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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering Wednesday to Yasukuni Shrine, viewed as a symbol of Japan’s wartime militarism by neighboring countries, on the first day of its four-day autumn festival.

Abe, who is on a foreign trip to attend a meeting of Asian and European leaders, was unable to pay tribute to the Tokyo shrine in person, although he has refrained from doing so since his last visit to Yasukuni in late 2013.

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