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Japan: War shrine visit enrages China

Two ministers and former prime minister Shinzo Abe were among dozens of MPs who visited a controversial war shrine yesterday, amid growing tensions between Japan and its neighbours over territorial disputes.

The Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is controversial because, along with honouring 2.5 million war dead, it honours 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted of war crimes.

China's Xinhua news agency denounced the visit as "the latest of a flurry of Japan's provocative moves".