A group of lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties paid a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday for its annual spring festival, just one day after South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said in Tokyo he would focus on building friendly ties with Japan.

A total of 62 Diet members from the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Japan and Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party) attended the festival at the war-linked shrine.

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