Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni shrineBy AP News Dec 26, 2013 10:20AM UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Yasukuni war shrine Thursday in a move sure to infuriate China and South Korea.
Japanese media reported that Abe will visit the shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT).
The visit comes on the first anniversary of Abe’s taking office as prime minister.
It will be the first visit by a sitting prime minister since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the shrine to mark the end of World War II in 2006.