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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

Worshipers bow at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in 2013. Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea in particular see Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and visits to it as a lack of understanding or remorse over wartime history.