Japan MPs visit shrine as Abe hopes to meet China's Xi in Jakarta

April 22, 2015 12:41 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese ruling and opposition lawmakers visited a Tokyo shrine on Wednesday to honor the country's war dead, shortly before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was due to make an important speech on Japan's war-time past at an international summit.

Abe's speech, at the Asian-African summit in Jakarta, will be watched for hints as to whether he wants to dilute past apologies over World War Two, which would not sit well with Japan's old war enemy and main regional rival, China.

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