Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe places a flower on an altar during the official annual memorial service for war victims in Tokyo on August 15, 2016. / AFP / TORU YAMANAKA
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a shrine for war dead Monday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two defeat, but did not visit the shrine, which is seen in China and South Korea as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime militarism.Visits to Yasukuni Shrine by top Japanese politicians outrage China and South Korea because it honors 14 Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, along with war dead.Abe has not visited the shrine in person since December 2013, but has instead sent ritual offerings.Abe vowed at the same ceremony that Japan would keep working for world peace.
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