Japan's Prime Minister Suga took office and sent a tree for the first time at Yasukuni Shrine as a tribute.
As former Prime Minister Abe did, it is interpreted that following the same steps is to show the image of succession to conservative supporters.
This is Tokyo's correspondent Yoo Seong-jae.
Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, where regular autumn ceremonies are held until tomorrow (18th).
Japanese Prime Minister Suga's name is written on the tribute ``Masakaki'' placed in front of the altar.
The official title of'Instead of Prime Minister' is also clear.
Prior to taking office, Prime Minister Suga did not worship or offer tribute when he served as the secretary of state for 7 years and 8 months in the Abe administration.
One month after becoming Prime Minister, he sent a tribute to Yasukuni Shrine, a symbol of militarism.
In the Suga cabinet, the Tamura Welfare Prize and the Inoue Expo Chief offered tribute, and Eto Seichi, the Abe regime's Chief in charge of territorial affairs, worshiped in person.
The Japanese government made vague remarks yesterday about Prime Minister Suga's visit to Yasukuni and offering tribute.
[Kato/Japan Secretary of State (Yesterday): (Tribute) It is up to the Prime Minister to properly decide whether to dedicate a tribute or visit Yasukuni Shrine.]
Former Prime Minister Abe, after his visit to Yasukuni in 2013, was greatly opposed by neighboring countries, so only tributes before retirement. I sent it.
Although the South Korean government expressed strong regret and backlash from neighboring countries is obviously expected, it seems that Prime Minister Suga followed Abe's actions because he was strongly conscious of the right wing, the basis of support.
It is interpreted that it was judged that it was advantageous to continue the Abe route in terms of historical recognition such as issues of past history while trying to differentiate in current issues such as administrative reform.
(Video coverage: Hyunjin Moon)