Japan cabinet minister, MPs visit Yasukuni shrine for war dead
A Japanese cabinet minister and dozens of members of parliament visited the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday to mark an autumn festival at the shrine, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.
Kyodo news agency said Yasuhisa Shiozaki, minister for health, labour and welfare, was among about 80 lawmakers who visited the shrine.
The group visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine, prompting a sharp rejoinder from China and a reminder from Tokyo's close ally Washington of the importance of reconciliation over the... read more
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