Japan PM's wife visits controversial shrine

2015-05-22 12:07
Akie Abe stands at the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead. (Akie Abe, Facebook)

Akie Abe stands at the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead. (Akie Abe, Facebook)

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Tokyo - Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie does not hold political office, but her visit could be seen as symbolic.

Visits by politicians to Yasukuni have in the past angered Japan's neighbours, such as China and South Korea.

Akie Abe posted photos on Facebook of her standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday.

She says she felt her heart ache while reading the wills and letters soldiers wrote to their families that are exhibited at Yasukuni.

Read more on:    world war ii  |  shinzo abe  |  japan

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