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Published: Saturday April 12, 2014 MYT 1:32:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 12, 2014 MYT 1:34:05 PM

Japan minister visits controversial war shrine

TOKYO, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - A Japanese cabinet minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Saturday, in a move likely to cause anger in China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.

Yoshitaka Shindo, minister for internal affairs and communications, paid homage Saturday morning at the Yasukuni shrine, Jiji Press and the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

China and South Korea see it as a brutal reminder of Tokyo's imperialist past and wartime aggression, and its failure to repent for its history.

In December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his first visit as premier to the shrine, which honours Japan's war dead including several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II.

Tags / Keywords: Japanese cabinet minister, controversial war shrine, Tokyo, China, South Korea, Japan

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