Cabinet Minister Visits Yasukuni Shrine

Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni Shrine

A Japanese Cabinet minister has visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for its autumn festival. Yasukuni Shrine honors Japan's war dead. Those remembered include leaders convicted of war crimes after World War Two.

Seiichi Eto, the minister for promoting the active engagement of all citizens in society, paid a visit on Thursday, the first day of the festival.

He is the first Cabinet minister to visit the shrine in two-and-a-half years on one of the key occasions of the spring or autumn festivals or August 15, the day Japan commemorates the end of World War Two.

Eto left the shrine without responding to reporters' questions.

The last Cabinet minister to go to the shrine was Sanae Takaichi, who paid a visit in April 2017 when she was internal affairs and communications minister. She was reappointed to the post in last month's Cabinet reshuffle.

Eto also visited the shrine during its spring and autumn festivals when he was a special advisor to the prime minister.