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Abe won't visit Yasukuni to avoid provoking Beijing, Seoul

Amid North Korea threat, Japanese leader stays away from war-linked shrine

Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, where Japan's war dead including class-A war criminals are enshrined. Government visits there have drawn ire from the likes of China and South Korea.

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to pass on visiting a controversial shrine honoring Japan's war dead during its autumn festival this week, apparently seeking to avoid provoking China and South Korea at a critical time for regional diplomacy.

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