Provocative act

Print edition : February 07, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe follows a Shinto priest to pay his respects to the war dead at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on December 26. Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

In front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 8, South Korean women who were forced to serve as sexual slaves for the Japanese troops during the Second World War among those protesting against Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine. Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP

A P-3C patrol plane of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea, on October 13, 2011. Photo: AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the shrine of the war dead in Yasukuni sets off a firestorm of criticism in other countries in the region.
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