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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Parliament speaker calls on Koizumi to show caution

A top lawmaker urged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday to reconsider his annual visit to a controversial war shrine, warning it could damage Japan's already strained relations with China, officials said.

Yohei Kono, the speaker of Parliament's powerful lower house, told Koizumi he should "use extremely careful judgment" when considering whether to make a visit this year to the Yasukuni Shrine, the house speaker's secretary said on condition of anonymity.

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