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Economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura made a controversial visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine a day after four other members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet did so on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Wishing to offer prayers in a quiet environment, Nishimura chose Sunday to visit the shrine — which honors convicted war criminals along with more than 2.4 million war dead and is seen by Japan’s neighbors as a symbol of its past militarism — and made a ritual offering, according to the sources.

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