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Suga’s offering to Yasukuni Shrine betrays pledge to improve ties with China: experts

2020-10-18 09:25:29       source:Global Times

October 17, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on Saturday sent an offering of a potted plant to the Yasukuni Shrine to mark a two-day autumn festival, following the same practice of his predecessor in honoring Japan's war dead, including those convicted of World War II war crimes. 

Chinese experts said on Saturday the move indicates that while the newly appointed Japanese prime minister has vowed to enhance relations with China, he can't change its party's stance on historical issues. 

His predecessor Abe Shinzo offered potted plants for the spring and autumn festivals while he was in office. Suga reportedly did not send such offerings when he was chief cabinet secretary, according to NHK. 

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