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Cabinet minister visits war-linked shrine for 1st time in over 2 yrs

  • October 17, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 8:50 a.m.
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TOKYO – Seiichi Eto, minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, visited the war-linked Yasukuni shrine on Thursday, becoming the first Cabinet minister to do so in over two years.

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering earlier in the day to the Shinto shrine for its annual autumn festival. Yasukuni is viewed by China and South Korea, which suffered from Japan’s wartime aggression, as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism.

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