Abe again refrains from expressing war remorse during memorial address

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According to a Downing Street statement published this morning, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is planning to embark on an official visit between 30th August and 1st September to Japan on an official visit with a purported aim of discussing defense and security cooperation coupled with trade and investment opportunities.

Abe faced worldwide backlash when he last visited Yasukuni in December 2013.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of Japan's second world war surrender, but did not visit in person, an apparent effort to avoid upsetting China and South Korea.

China's relations with Japan have always been poisoned by what Beijing sees as Tokyo's failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War II.

It will be May's first official visit to Japan as prime minister.

May is also scheduled to meet with Emperor Akihito during her trip, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

Mr Masahiko Shibayama, a lawmaker who made the offering on Mr Abe's behalf yesterday, said he did so to express condolences for those who died in the war and to pray for peace. "I look back on the path with deep remorse, and I hope that the horrors of war are not repeated in the future", he said. Since visiting the shrine in person in December 2013, Abe has made cash contributions in lieu of visits. Sixty-three lawmakers from a nonpartisan group promoting visits to Yasukuni went, four fewer than past year and a decline of nearly 40 from 2013. Meanwhile, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga responded in a briefing to the placement of comfort women statues on buses by a Seoul city bus company.

"Given the extremely tough security situation.we will seek to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance by exchanging opinions on various issues, such as North Korea and the (disputed) South and East China seas", Onodera told reporters Tuesday. "We are requesting through diplomatic routes that our country's position be relayed and appropriate response action taken", he added.