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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine

Updated 2:15 AM ET, Thu December 26, 2013
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Saying he wanted to pray for the souls of the war dead, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a controversial visit to the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on December 26, 2013. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
The Yasukuni Shrine contains 2.4 million names, but among them are 14 who were found guilty of war crimes during World War II. The site remains sensitive to Japan's neighbors who view it as a symbol of Japan's imperial military past. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his visit was to "uphold the pledge never to wage a war again." The visit took 30 minutes. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua enters the Japanese foreign ministry to meet with Japan's foreign ministry in Tokyo. China along with the Koreas, view the Yasukuni visits as honoring war crimes and denying Japan's past atrocities in which millions died. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Image
On October 18, some 160 members of parliament also paid respects at Yasukuni Shrine. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images