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Japanese Cabinet minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Wednesday, in a move that is certain to fuel anger in China and South Korea, both of which suffered from Japanese war-time aggression.

The visit by Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Shindo on New Year’s Day came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise visit to the Shinto shrine on Dec. 26, sparking sharp criticism from Japan’s Asian neighbors and disappointing the United States, Tokyo’s closest ally.

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