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Stone-carved guardian dogs sit at the entrance of a memorial compound honoring World War II-era war criminals in Koyasan Okuno-in temple in Koya town, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledged Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 29 sent a note to the Koyasan temple's ceremony honoring hundreds of war criminals that praised their contributions to the country. Suga said that Abe sent the note to the ceremony, but in his capacity as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, not as prime minister. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

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