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Japan marks World War II surrender anniversary

Japan marks WWII surrender anniversary; at least 2 ministers visit shrine to war dead

Japan marks World War II surrender anniversary

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is marking the 68th anniversary of its surrender in World War II with somber ceremonies and visits by senior politicians to a shrine honoring 2.5 million war dead that remains a galling reminder of colonial and wartime aggression.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito are to deliver brief messages at a commemoration ceremony. Abe appeared unlikely to visit the shrine Thursday, though at least two cabinet members were seen paying their respects in the morning.

The Yasukuni Shrine grounds also have a war museum glorifying Japan's wartime past, and visits to the shrine evoke bitter memories across Asia.

Updated : 2021-05-10 04:39 GMT+08:00