Koizumi: China, S.Korea overreacting

Jan. 25, 2006 at 4:22 AM
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TOKYO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Wednesday that China and South Korea had overreacted to his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine.

"Apart from China and South Korea, no other countries in Asia have spoken ill of my shrine visits," Koizumi said during a session of Japan's upper house of parliament.

His comments came after Marutei Tsurunen, a parliament member of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, questioned the prime minister's diplomatic stance on Asia, the Mainichi Shimbun reported Wednesday.

Japan's relations with both China and South Korea have worsened in recent months as the two countries criticized Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors Japan's war dead including A-class war criminals.

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