The issue of war criminals enshrined together with other war dead has often been discussed in Japan, but not the country's colonialism as a whole.
Some might claim that the war dead fought for the people and country, but we need to remember that the "country" meant not only Japan but its colonial empire.
Mr Koizumi says visiting the Yasukuni shrine is a domestic affair. However, the war dead mourned there are not only Japanese. And there are a large number of war victims outside Japan. Shouldn't condolences be offered for them, too?
Why does Mr Koizumi want to sacrifice bonds with neighbouring countries in order to "personally" visit Yasukuni? I would like the prime minister, as a politician, to consider the effects of diplomacy and history, rather than pursuing his personal interest in continuing to visit the shrine.
NATSUKO FUKUE, Western
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