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Hundreds of rightwingers and kin of the war dead made their annual pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine and lashed out at Cabinet members who gave the contentious Tokyo landmark a miss Friday, the 63rd anniversary of Japan’s surrender.

Banners paraded at the shrine demanded that the state wage bold diplomacy, including pressing Japan’s claim to two South Korea-controlled islets known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japan and prodding Beijing to carry out a thorough investigation into tainted Chinese “gyoza” dumplings.

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