Japan minister visits controversial war shrine: reports
File photo taken on January 1, 2014 shows Yoshitaka Shindo, Japanese Internal Affairs and Communication Minister, speaking to reporters at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo - by Yoshikazu Tsuno
Yoshitaka Shindo, minister for internal affairs and communications, paid homage Saturday morning at the Yasukuni shrine, Jiji Press and the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
China and South Korea see it as a brutal reminder of Tokyo's imperialist past and wartime aggression, and its failure to repent for its history.
In December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his first visit as premier to the shrine, which honours Japan's war dead including several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II.
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