Aug. 15 - Japan commemorates the end of World War Two with a secular ceremony attended by the Emperor and Empress. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
STORY: Japan marked 68 years since the end of World War Two on Thursday (August 15) with a secular ceremony attended by the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo. Nearly 5,000 people, including government officials and people who lost loved ones in the war, attended the ceremony and took part in a moment of silence. Earlier, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine under the name "Shinzo Abe, LDP leader", according to media reports, and many other politicians, including at least two cabinet members, visited the war shrine which honours 14 wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal in along with the war dead. China said it had summoned the Japanese ambassador in Beijing to lodge a complaint over the visits. Abe is treading a fine line between trying to mend ties with neighbours and appealing to his conservative backers.