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Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni shrine

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Posted: Dec 25, 2013 7:09 PM

Updated: Dec 25, 2013 7:09 PM

TOKYO (AP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Yasukuni war shrine Thursday in a move sure to infuriate China and South Korea.

Japanese media reported that Abe will visit the shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT).

The visit comes on the first anniversary of Abe's taking office as prime minister.

It will be the first visit by a sitting prime minister since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the shrine to mark the end of World War II in 2006.

Topics: AS-Japan-Yasukuni

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