Japanese PM snubs critics, prays at war shrine

August 15, 2006 14:06

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made a pilgrimage Tuesday to a Tokyo war shrine reviled by critics as a symbol of militarism. The early morning pilgrimage prompted protests in China and South Korea, which view the shrine - which honors war criminals among Japan's 2.5 million war dead - as a glorification of imperialism.

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