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Japanese PM likely to visit Yasukuni

POLITICS OF HISTORY:Many Japanese politicians visited the shrine on Friday, with one saying it is their political duty to share condolences and renew vows for peace

Reuters and AFP, TOKYO

Speaking after his visit on Friday, Shindo played down the potential for diplomatic fallout, but Beijing said it was a bid to “whitewash” past Japanese aggression and Tokyo’s envoy was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as China lodged a protest.

In Seoul a foreign ministry official bemoaned the shrine’s role as one that “justifies the history of Japan’s aggression.”

Abe last week donated a symbolic gift to the shrine, taken as a sign that he would not be there in person.

Reports said Abe’s younger brother, Japanese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi, visited the shrine on Saturday.

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