TOKYO—Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited a Tokyo shrine connected to Japan’s militarist earlier, ready only 3 times after his departure from office to resume a longstanding practice that had angered Asian neighbors.
Mr. Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26, 2013, a calendar year after having office, prompting a scarce rift with the U.S. At the time, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo mentioned it was unhappy that Mr. Abe had “taken an motion that will exacerbate tensions with Japan’s neighbors.”
Abe supporters mentioned he desired to go once more though in office but refrained out of thing to consider for U.S.-Japan relations.
On Saturday, Mr. Abe tweeted a photograph of himself going to the shrine in central Tokyo, walking guiding a Shinto priest. “Today I compensated my respects at Yasukuni Shrine and described to the spirits of fallen heroes that I departed the office of key minister,” Mr. Abe wrote.
Mr. Abe announced his resignation on Aug. 28 and formally resigned on Sept. sixteen. He was replaced the similar day by Yoshihide Suga, his previous main aide. Mr. Suga mentioned in 2014 that he had visited Yasukuni in advance of turning into a cabinet minister in Mr. Abe’s govt, but he didn’t do so as a minister and is not involved with the nationalist camp of lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Celebration that advocates visits to Yasukuni.