Yoshimitsu Sanada (81), dressed in an army uniform, at the Yasukuni Shrine on Friday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from the Tokyo war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s second World War defeat. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

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Skeletons of victims of the Nanjing Massacre on display at the memorial museum. The massacre by Japanese troops of the Chinese population of Nanjing in 1937-38 was one of the worst atrocities of modern times.

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