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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, viewed as a symbol of Japan’s wartime militarism by neighboring countries, during its annual autumn festival, government and ruling party sources said Tuesday.

But he is expected to send a ritual offering to the Shinto shrine through an official of his Liberal Democratic Party during the four-day ceremony from Thursday, as he did in recent years for Yasukuni’s spring and autumn festivals and on Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.

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