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Japanese PM Abe won't visit Yasukuni shrine on anniversary of WWII's end: report


TOKYO, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit a controversial war shrine on the anniversary of the end of World War II to avoid tension with South Korea and China, a news report here said on Thursday.

Citing a government source, Kyodo News reported that Abe will not pay homage to Japan's war dead at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on Aug. 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II, and also Liberation Day in South Korea.

The shrine honors some convicted Class-A war criminals, among other war dead. South Korea and China view the shrine as a symbol of Japan's militaristic past, and have denoucned the visits of Japanese leaders to Yasukuni as attempts to glorify such a past.

Last month, Japanese media had reported that Abe would not likely visit Yasukuni this year so as not to upset Japan's neighbors.

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