Japan PM Shinzo Abe stays away from Yasukuni war shrine, offers tree instead

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering Sunday to Yasukuni Shrine, regarded as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism by its Asian neighbours.The offering for war dead was made on the occasion of a three-day Spring Festival through Tuesday at the Shinto shrine in Tokyo.But Abe, who has a strong conservative support base, will leave for an overseas trip on Monday and he has no plans to visit the shrine during the festival amid improving Japan-China ties that have been frayed over…