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Ex-peer and businessman Takaharu Kyogoku on Monday will become chief priest at Yasukuni Shrine, the war-linked Shinto shrine said Friday.

Kyogoku, 71, former president of Kantoueisen Co., succeeds Toshiaki Nambu, who died in January. Kyogoku has never served as a Shinto priest, and neither did Nambu before his appointment.

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