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#3Novices : Japan says PM sent offering as individual, China unhappy Japan said on Monday that Pr…

#3Novices : Japan says PM sent offering as individual, China unhappy Japan said on Monday that Pr…

TOKYO: Japan said on Monday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was acting in a private capacity when he sent a ritual offering to a shrine for war dead, seen as a symbol of Japan's past militarism by many in Asia, but China said he was wrong to do so. Abe on Saturday sent a "masakaki" ceremonial tree to mark the annual autumn festival at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals are enshrined along with the war dead. "I am aware of media reports that Prime Minister Abe sent masakaki, but the action was done as an private individual, so I don’t think it’s something the government should comment on," Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. "I think it's a globally common act to give prayers to those who gave their lives for their country." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying noted the shrine also honours war criminals. Fourteen Japanese leaders convic...

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