China angry over Japan lawmakers’ shrine visits

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 Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine on Friday.  AFP PHOTO

Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine on Friday. AFP PHOTO

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a controversial war shrine on Friday as 100 lawmakers paid their respects there in a move Beijing said ratcheted up regional tensions. A cross-party group of parliamentarians said 110 members paid homage at Yasukuni Shrine in downtown Tokyo, a spot condemned by China and Korea as a symbol of Japan’s militarist past. The visit coincided with the start of the shrine’s four-day autumn festival.
AFP

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