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Japanese group seeks to sue PM over shrine visit

Updated: 2014-01-25 08:09
By Cai Hong in Tokyo ( China Daily)

A civic group in Osaka, Japan, is expected to file a lawsuit against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting the Yasukuni Shrine on Dec 26, claiming the visit has brought trauma to the group. They are seeking financial compensation from the state, the prime minister and the Yasukuni Shrine, according to Japan's Kyodo News agency.

The suit, which at its earliest can be filed in March, is the latest in a series of criticisms leveled at Abe for his December visit, which immediately drew the ire of China and South Korea and disappointment from the United States.

Abe is not the only Japanese prime minister who has been on the wrong side of Japan's constitution for setting foot in the Shinto shrine.

Japanese group seeks to sue PM over shrine visit