Japanese ex-PMs visit war shrine

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Two Japanese ex-PMs have visited a controversial shrine honouring Japan's war dead, including war criminals.

The visit by Junichiro Koizumi and Shinzo Abe coincides with the anniversary of the end of World War II.

Mr Koizumi's visits to the shrine when in office caused tensions with China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of past militarism.

Current PM Taro Aso vowed not to go but expressed remorse for Japan's wartime actions at a Tokyo memorial service.

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