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2006-08-14 19:11:55

By Linda Sieg and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted an angry protest from China. In Seoul, a foreign ministry official said South Korea would summon Tokyo's ambassador to protest. The Shinto shrine honors...

2006-08-14 18:00:00

Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, a parting shot sure to enrage neighbors China and South Korea. The Shinto shrine honors Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals along with 2.5 million war dead and is considered a symbol of Japan's past militarism in the two Asian countries, where memories...

2006-08-14 17:46:35

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrived to pay his respects at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two. His visit to the Shinto shrine, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals are honored along with 2.5 million war dead, is likely to provoke fury in China and the Koreas, where bitter memories of Japan's military aggression persist.

2006-08-14 16:07:46

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will make a pilgrimage later on Tuesday to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, considered by China and South Korea to be a symbol of Japan's past militarism, an aide said. The visit to the Shinto shrine, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals are honored along with 2.5 million war dead, is likely to provoke angry rebukes from Japan's neighbors, where memories of Japanese aggression...

2006-08-14 15:55:42

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi plans to make a pilgrimage later on Tuesday to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, considered by China and South Korea to be a symbol of Japan's past militarism, an aide said. The visit to the Shinto shrine, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals are honored along with 2.5 million war dead, is likely to provoke angry rebukes from Japan's neighbors, where memories of Japanese aggression run deep....

2006-08-14 09:02:55

Deletes reference to "novel" in paragraph 3. BEIJING (Reuters) - China unveiled plans to make a movie about the 1937 Rape of Nanjing in an announcement on Monday, a day before Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is expected to visit a controversial shrine honoring war dead. China was expected to react with outrage if Koizumi visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are honored with Japan's 2.5 million war dead. Tuesday is the...

2006-08-14 06:24:05

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Regional tensions rose amid speculation that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would visit a shrine for war dead seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism on Tuesday, the anniversary of Tokyo's World War Two surrender. China and the two Koreas, where bitter memories of Japan's aggression runs deep, were expected to react with outrage to a visit to Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are honored with the...

2006-08-14 02:08:05

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean politicians urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi not to visit a shrine for war dead seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism as speculation swirled that he would go there on Tuesday, the anniversary of Tokyo's World War Two surrender. China and South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan's past aggression runs deep, were expected to react with outrage to a visit to Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted...

2006-08-13 23:46:20

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Speculation swirled that Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would visit a shrine for war dead seen by many in Asia as a symbol of Japan's past militarism on Tuesday, the anniversary of Tokyo's World War Two surrender. The visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals are honored along with the country's 2.5 million war dead, would likely further damage tense ties with China and South Korea, where bitter...

2006-08-13 05:25:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's expected visit to a Tokyo war shrine next week promises to unleash fury in Beijing, and yet even as the visit looms both sides have been working to ease tensions after he steps down. Koizumi, who retires next month, has fed expectations that he will visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on August 15, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender. The shrine played a key role in the state Shinto religion that helped...