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Two Cabinet ministers visited war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering in lieu of a visit to its annual autumn festival to avoid offending Japan’s regional neighbors.

Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi went before noon following a visit by Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki, who became the first member of Abe’s new Cabinet to visit the Shinto institution.

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