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2 Japanese ministers visit controversial Yasukuni war shrine

Published on Aug 15, 2013 7:58 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Thursday, in a move sure to anger China and South Korea, which see it as a potent symbol of Tokyo’s imperialist past.

Mr Yoshitaka Shindo, internal affairs and communications minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, visited Yasukuni shrine early in the morning, marking the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.

“I came here on my own judgement,” Mr Shindo told reporters after his visit. 

Another cabinet minister, Mr Keiji Furuya, who is in charge of the North Korean abduction issue, also made the trip.

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