Yasukuni visit is 'not to hurt Chinese, S Koreans': Japan PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday his trip to the Yasukuni war shrine was not aimed at hurting people in neighbouring countries, as a Chinese official condemned the visit.

"I am aware that, because of misunderstandings, some people criticise a visit to Yasukuni shrine as an act of worshipping war criminals, but I made my visit to pledge to create an era where people will never suffer from catastrophe in war," Abe said.

"I have no intention at all to hurt the feelings of Chinese or South Korean people."

A Chinese foreign ministry official condemned his visit as "absolutely unacceptable to the Chinese people".