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    Dec 30, 2013

    Singapore regrets Abe's shrine visit

    SINGAPORE yesterday expressed regret over the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday.

    Such visits reopen old grievances, and are unhelpful to building trust and confidence in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, in response to media queries.

    "Tensions in the region have been rising due to the recent series of events, actions and counter-actions taken by a number of different parties," the statement said.

    "The visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, occurring against this backdrop and at this time, is likely to evoke further negative feelings and reactions in the region.

    "It is in the interest of all parties to exercise restraint... and seek to create an environment of greater mutual trust and understanding."

    Both China and South Korea have condemned Mr Shinzo Abe for visiting the shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals.

    Mr Abe's Yasukuni visit is the first by a serving prime minister since Mr Junichiro Koizumi did so in 2006.