Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Current Home > News Brief > World
Japanese cabinet members, lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine
Latest Updated by 2005-08-16 09:26:17
Related News
Speaker urges Koizumi to shun shrine
Koizumi's shrine visit opposed, war memory fading in Japan: survey
Japan to consider building alternative to Yasukuni Shrine
Speaker urges Koizumi to shun shrine
Group said to oppose Koizumi shrine visit
World News
Russia set to get help on slick
Bush, Rumsfeld rule out "quitting Iraq"
Greenpeace activists delay Blair's speech

Two cabinet ministers and a group of lawmakers on Monday visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 14 notorious Class-A war criminals responsible for the country's aggressive war against Asian neighbors.

Against the backdrop of strained ties with neighboring countries over issues related to the war, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated last Friday he would not visit the shrine on or around Aug. 15.

He offered flowers at the tomb for the unknown war dead at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Monday.

Health Minister Hidehisa Otsuji and Environment Minister Yuriko Koike were the two cabinet members who visited the shrine on Monday.

Asked about the protests from Japan's Asian neighbors over Japanese leaders' Yasukuni Shrine visits, Otsuji said: "Each politician visiting the shrine likely has their own reasons. I visited with my own."

Meanwhile, Koike said she visited the shrine as a "private citizen."

In addition, about 50 lawmakers, who belong to a nonpartisan group that makes Yasukuni visits en masse, and Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara visited the shrine Monday.

Koizumi made his most recent annual visit to the shrine on Jan.1, 2004, the fourth since he took office in April 2001.

The shrine was set up in 1869 under Emperor Meiji to honor those who died in civil and foreign wars. Class-A war criminals from World War II were added to the list of the enshrined at the shrine in 1978. Hence, the shrine has been regarded as a symbol of Japanese militarism.

Japanese leaders' visits to the shrine have been strongly denounced by many Asian countries, including China and South Korea, where Japan's aggression caused great sufferings.

Koizumi on Monday apologized for Japan's wartime colonization and invasions in Asia on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country's surrender in World War II.

He also pledged Japan would never forget the "terrible lessons" of the war.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
Previous:  Japanese oppositions denounce war to mark WWII anniversary  Next:Investigation underway after black boxes found in Greece crash

Liver-cancer patient gave birth to a boy

Australian Lifestyle Expo 2005 to raise curtain in GZ

Earliest Sunset of the Year

Colorful metro stations

Beauty queen sparks ugly debate in Shenzhen
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips