Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) arrives for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) at the congress center in Milan, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Maximov/Pool
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Friday to a Tokyo shrine honoring the war dead including convicted wartime leaders, as dozens of lawmakers prayed at the site in a ceremony that drew a rebuke from China.The Yasukuni Shrine honors war criminals, including wartime leader Hideki Tojo, among the 2.5 million war dead. On Friday, Abe sent a set of Shinto-style "masakaki" ornaments on the occasion marking the shrine's Oct. 17-20 autumn festival, one of three major events when Japan's conservatives typically pray there.Abe's move signaled he chose to stay away from visiting the shrine.
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