Updated: 04/12/2014 11:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan minister visits controversial war shrine: reports

A Japanese cabinet minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Saturday, in a move likely to cause anger in China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.


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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