TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that the Japanese government should not interfere if a lawmaker pays a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, as an individual.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to the shrine on Monday, sparking protests from China and South Korea.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Dominic Lau)