Home>News Center>China

Japan denies Yasukuni visit unconstitutional
Updated: 2005-10-25 21:35

Japanese government on Tuesday denied that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Yasukuni visit is unconstitutional.

According to the answer statement decided at a cabinet meeting, anyone, even if at the position of prime minister, has no relation or problem with the Constitution if he decides to pay a private visit to the Yasukuni Shrine.

"As long as the premier tell the public the war-dead honoring purpose of his Yasukuni visit and does not take part in religious ceremony there, his visit, even if an official one, does not violate the constitutional separation of state and religion."

The statement was in reply to the questioning of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan that required the government to explain on Koizumi's Oct. 17 visit to the war-related shrine.

Koizumi paid his 5th Yasukuni visit a week ago despite constant opposition at home and abroad.

He has visited the Tokyo-based shrine, which honors 14 Class-A war criminals responsible for Japan's aggression against its Asian neighbors before and during the World War II, once a year since taking office in April 2001.

China to celebrate Taiwan's return
Ba Jin funeral held in Shanghai
10th National Games closes in Nanjing
  Today's Top News     Top China News

Seizure of abandoned rails shakes a nation's conscience



China eyes strong growth to 2010



Major Chinese cities on high alert of bird flu



Draft Constitution adopted by Iraqi voters



Some PVC wrapper contains banned material



China tech trio headed for Nasdaq IPOs


  China eyes strong growth to 2010
  China to blacklist, penalize polluting cities
  Ba Jin's funeral held amid tears, praise
  President Hu to visit North Korea this week
  25 per cent of wives disappointed by sex
  Forum addresses migration issues
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  News Talk  
  It is time to prepare for Beijing - 2008