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Premier Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japan's war dead including criminals

  • FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. Photos posted on her Facebook page showed her standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. Photos posted on her Facebook page showed her standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. Photos posted on her Facebook page showed her standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. Photos posted on her Facebook page showed her standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie does not hold political office, but her visit could be seen as symbolic.

Visits by politicians to Yasukuni have in the past angered Japan's neighbors, such as China and South Korea.

Akie Abe posted photos on Facebook of her standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday.

She says she felt her heart ache while reading the wills and letters soldiers wrote to their families that are exhibited at Yasukuni.