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Japan's Cabinet minister visits war-linked shrine for first time in over 2 years

Yasukuni shrine in central Tokyo. It honors convicted war criminals such as wartime Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo, along with over 2.4 million war dead. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- 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.

His visit, on the first day of the shrine's autumn festival, is certain to anger China and South Korea, which suffered from Japan's wartime aggression.

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