March 29, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Thursday that the Japanese government had pressured a Shinto shrine to honor war criminals after the National Diet Library released documents suggesting that the government was deeply involved in the decision. A document dated January 1969 shows the ...[read more]
February 26, 2007
by Holly Manges Jones
Eleven South Koreans filed a lawsuit Monday asking the Tokyo District Court to order the removal of their relatives' names from the Yasukuni Shrine, a controversial memorial which many argue is a symbol of Japan's past as a military-driven nation. The plaintiffs include a former soldier ...[read more]
October 13, 2006
by Lisl Brunner
A court in Japan has dismissed an appeal by 81 plaintiffs who argued that the visits of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to a war shrine honoring Japanese dead as well as war criminals from World War II violated the constitutional separation of state and religion. The Fukuoka High Court in ...[read more]
August 15, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday visited the Yasukuni war shrine on the anniversary of the day when Emperor Hirohito surrendered World War II in 1945. The shrine honors all Japanese war dead, including war criminals, and Koizumi's visits to the shrine on previous occasions ...[read more]
June 28, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit seeking an order compelling Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to stop visiting the Yasukuni war shrine, a shrine that honors all Japanese war dead, including war criminals. The lawsuit, filed by 137 Japanese and South Korean plaintiffs ...[read more]
June 23, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
The Japanese Supreme Court Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni shrine, according to a court spokesperson who did not provide details on the ruling. The suit was brought by 338 plaintiff survivors of South ...[read more]
May 25, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
A Tokyo District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by South Korean families seeking damages for affronting the dignity of South Korean soldiers by recording their names in the Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates the 2.5 million casualties of Japanese conflicts since 1869. The soldiers, ...[read more]
January 5, 2006
by Kate Heneroty
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi defended his annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine Wednesday, and condemned Chinese and South Korean leaders who refused to meet with him because he commemorates Japanese veterans from World War II. Several of those honored by the shrine were ...[read more]
October 17, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi honored the country's war dead by praying at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine Monday, despite conflicting court decisions on the constitutionality of Koizumi's visits to the shrine. Last month, the Osaka High Court ruled that the visits violate ...[read more]
October 5, 2005
by Alexandria Samuel
The Takamatsu High Court in Japan Wednesday upheld a lower court decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi over his visits to the Yasukuni shrine. The shrine was founded in 1869 and serves as a monument to Japan's war dead, including war criminals, a ...[read more]

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