Another Japanese PM goes to Yasukuni Shrine, sparking outrage

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The Chinese government denounced Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan on Thursday for making an offering earlier this week to a war shrine in Tokyo that has been a source of continuing conflict between Chinese and Japanese leaders.

On Tuesday, Mr. Aso made an offering of a potted tree worth about $500 to commemorate a spring festival at the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japanese soldiers who have died during wars in the last 150 years. The honored soldiers include 14 “Class A” war criminals convicted in trials established under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur after World War II. On Wednesday, dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited the shrine. Mr. Aso did not go there himself.

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