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Abe pays respects to Christchurch quake victims

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has paid his respects to those who died in the powerful earthquake that hit southern New Zealand three years ago.

Abe visited the worst-hit city of Christchurch on Monday.

The quake in February 2011 killed 185 people, including 28 Japanese who perished when the building that housed their language school collapsed. Abe laid flowers at the site.

He also visited the new cathedral in Christchurch made mostly of cardboard. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the temporary replacement for the city's cathedral, which was badly damaged in the quake.

Abe left New Zealand on Monday afternoon for Australia, the second leg of his three-nation tour of Oceania.

Jul. 7, 2014 - Updated 06:44 UTC