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Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni draws protests

Prime Minister Koizumi Jun'ichiro is under severe criticism for visiting war-glorifying Yasukuni Shrine on October 17.

The National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren) issued a comment criticizing that Koizumi's repeated visits to the shrine betray the trust of the international community. Zenroren says that it will oppose adverse revisions of the Constitution in order to overcome the stagnant diplomacy toward Asia, and will make a concerted effort to put a stop to revisions of Article 9 of the Constitution.

The All Japan Teachers and Staff Union (Zenkyo) sent a written protest to Prime Minister Koizumi. Zenkyo emphasized, "Japan's democratic and peaceful future lies on the premise of deep remorse over its past war of aggression and colonial rule in Asia. A correct historical perception is essential for children to live as sovereign members of humanity in the 21st century."

The Japan-China Friendship Association sent a letter warning Prime Minister Koizumui of the possibility that his visits to the shrine would bring about a further deterioration of Japan-China relations.

The New Japan Women's Association (Shinfujin) also sent a written protest to Prime Minister Koizumi. -- Akahata, October 18, 2005

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