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As Japan marks WWII surrender, Abe avoids controversial shrine
As Japan marks WWII surrender, Abe avoids controversial shrine

Two Japanese Cabinet members and a group of lawmakers marked the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II on Friday by visiting a Tokyo shrine that China and South Korea regard as a totem to Japan’s militarist past. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- whose last trip to the site sparked a downturn in Japan’s relations with Beijing and Seoul -- stayed away. Abe’s decision to refrain from joining the visit could be interpreted as a bid to avoid stoking further tensions with China ahead of a possible one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November, when Beijing will host an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum of regional leaders. Abe...

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