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  1. Abe’s Controversial Visit to Japan Shrine Shakes Asia

    A world leader paying his respects at a national shrine might not usually draw ire, but Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine, where the interred include convicted war criminals. China and South Korea protested, and the U.S. embassy made it clear they weren’t happy, either. Some postulate that the first visit to the shrine by a prime minister in seven years purposefully aimed to provoke, and to eventually bolster a domestic nationalistic agenda. 

    Sources: BBC, NPR, Bloomberg

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