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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows before the main altar decorated with huge bank of chrysanthemums as he offers prayers for the war dead during a memorial ceremony at Budokan Martial Arts Hall in Tokyo, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Abe visited Yasukuni in December 2013, drawing widespread criticism. But Aug. 15 is a key date as it marks the day in 1945, when Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender on the radio. Japan on Friday, marked the 69th anniversary of its surrender, ending the WWII.