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China protests after Japanese minister visits shrine for war dead

Published on Apr 12, 2014 7:40 PM
 
Japanese state minister for internal affairs and communications Yoshitaka Shindo leaves after a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on April 12, 2014. China's foreign ministry lodged a protest with Japan on Saturday after a Japanese minister visited a shrine which is seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's foreign ministry lodged a protest with Japan on Saturday after a Japanese minister visited a shrine which is seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression.

China, as well as South Korea, has repeatedly expressed anger in the past over Japanese politicians' visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War II are honoured along with those who died in battle.

China's foreign ministry said the visit by Yoshitaka Shindo, Japan's internal affairs minister, once again showed that Japan's Cabinet had the "wrong attitude" when it came to facing up to history.

"China has already lodged solemn representations and protest with Japan," the ministry said in a statement.

 
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