JAPAN LAWMAKERS VISIT WAR SHRINE

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TOKYO: Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honors the nation’s war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of US President Barack Obama’s visit. A cross-section of parliamentarians—including at least one cabinet minister—paid their respects at the shrine, which honors those who have fought for Japan including a number of senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes. China and South Korea see the shrine as a symbol of what they say is Japan’s unwillingness to repent for its aggressive warring last century. The United States tries to discourage visits, which it views as unnecessary provocations.

AFP

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