Japan's Abe Visits War Shrine, Days After Leaving Office
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Sat 19th September 2020 | 10:00 AM
Tokyo, Sept 19 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Sep, 2020 ) :Shinzo Abe, who stepped down this week as Japan's prime minister, on Saturday visited a war shrine seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism.
Abe posted a picture of himself in a dark suit walking along a wooden corridor at the shrine in central Tokyo on Saturday, escorted by a Shinto priest in a white robe.
The former premier had refrained from paying tributes at the shrine in person since his 2013 visit despite other conservative politicians doing so, in particular on August 15 to mark Japan's surrender in World War II.
But it also honours senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal after the war.
Abe announced late last month that he was stepping down due to health problems and was replaced by Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday.