Japan PM Abe sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead: Kyodo

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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 6:16 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, Japan's Kyodo news agency said on Friday, a move that could complicate his push for bilateral meetings with Chinese and South Korean leaders.

Yasukuni is seen by critics at home and abroad as a symbol of Japan's past militarism because wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal are honored there along with millions of war dead.

Abe is hoping to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and perhaps South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the sidelines of a November Asia-Pacific leaders summit in Beijing to repair ties frayed partly by feuds over the legacy of Japan's military aggression in the 1930s and 1940s.

(Reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Chris Reese)