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    Japan ministers in controversial shrine visit

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Two Japanese cabinet ministers have stirred a regional diplomatic row by visiting a controversial shrine. Yasukuni was built in 1869, to honour Japanese soldiers who lost their lives in armed conflicts, and includes the graves of 14 leading war criminals. South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak has criticised the visit and called on Japan to apologise for its crimes against humanity. Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett explains.