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Monday, May 15, 2006

Makoto Koga says GET RID OF EM!

Awesome! Of course, it will never happen but it is nice to dream.

Hoping to sway the Liberal Democratic Party presidential race, an LDP veteran lawmaker is set to suggest that Yasukuni Shrine separate its 14 Class-A war criminals from the rest of the war dead enshrined there.

Makoto Koga, the influential faction leader, former LDP secretary-general and head of Nippon Izokukai, an association for bereaved families of the nation's war dead, will announce the proposal this week, sources said.
It's nice to see someone in a position of power make this kind of suggestion. It seems to be rare given the current mood in Japan, especially among those in government.

A Yasukuni Shrine official said separating the Class-A war dead is out of the question, as it would be incompatible with the shrine's ritual principles.
Ah, the standard reply. *sigh*