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Japan's cabinet minister visits controversial Yasukuni war shrine

Published on Apr 28, 2014 7:49 PM
 
Japanese State Minister in charge of administrative reform Tomomi Inada speaks to reporters after she visited the controversial Yasukuni shrine to honour the war dead in Tokyo, on April 28, 2014. A Japanese cabinet minister known for her outspoken nationalistic views visited a controversial Tokyo war shrine on Monday, in a move certain to aggravate tensions with neighbours China and South Korea. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese cabinet minister known for her outspoken nationalistic views visited a controversial Tokyo war shrine on Monday, in a move certain to aggravate tensions with neighbours China and South Korea.

The visit by Ms Tomomi Inada, a state minister in charge of administrative reforms, came less than a week after nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine, which honours millions of the nation's war dead, including senior officials who were executed for war crimes.

Ms Inada's visit took place as a picture emerged on social media purporting to show a man dressed as General Hideki Tojo, the prime minister who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbour, saluting at a weekend conference, sparking outrage online. General Tojo was among those executed for war crimes and later honoured at the Yasukuni shrine.

Last week's mass pilgrimage by parliamentarians came on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama, whose administration has tried to discourage visits to Yasukuni, which it views as unnecessary provocation.

 
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