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Judge Masaharu Otani at the Osaka High Court said Koizumi's visits to the Shinto shrine were official acts and violated Japan's constitutional separation of religion and state, but rejected the plaintiffs' claim for damages for mental distress caused by the visits, Japanese media said.
"Prime Minister Koizumi says his visits are private. This is a very regrettable verdict," Kyodo news agency quoted top government spokesman Hiroyuki Hosoda as saying.
“Even though the two sides had discussed my visit to Japan, the schedule had not been decided,” Ban told reporters at a weekly press briefing. “I think the mood is not good to seek a visit at the moment.”
“As Cheong Wa Dae mentioned, we need to think whether it is appropriate to hold a summit under the current circumstances,” Ban said.
“The diplomatic problem caused by the prime minister's visit to the shrine is not tied with the six-party process,” Ban said. “Countries involved in the six-party talks should continue the negotiations.”
The father of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was a key figure in efforts to lure Koreans living in Japan to North Korea. Junya Koizumi died in 1969.
Junya Koizumi, as a member of the Diet’s lower house, served as a key figure in the association and was actively involved in shipping off Japan's Korean residents, according to Takao Toshikawa, the editor-in-chief of Tokyo Insideline, a biweekly members-only magazine.
“To Prime Minister Koizumi, the truth that his father was one of the main figures involved in sending Korean residents in Japan to North Korea is a huge taboo,” Toshikawa told the Chosun Ilbo. “It seems contradictory for someone to persist in worshipping at the Yasukuni Shrine while being attached to normalizing ties with the North, but that is definitely related to his father’s political background.”
Koizumi visited the Yasukuni Shrine on October 16, 2005 -- the day that China's Shenzhou VI safely landed at a designated site in the Inner Mongolian plains bringing a five-day orbital flight to a successful conclusion. The stubborn man with the American Gigolo-Richard Gere hairdo apparently has thoughts other than peace in mind on that date.
The girly man who specializes in the one-envelope-two-letters approach in Sino-Japanese relations is the embodiment of irreconcilable Japanese sentiments today -- petty, selfish, myopic, insolent, seclusive, weird, combative, jealous, and maniacal.
Externally, he said, "My visit to the shrine is not to mourn specific objects, but to express my grief over those who fell in the combat zone not out of voluntariness and those who rushed to the battlefield, and I went to the shrine with the determination that war must not be launched again."
Internally, he declared, "As Japanese, it is absolutely not a bad thing to pay our due respect and express our sincere thanks for the war dead"; "Although I know that China is dissatisfied, I wonder whether it is suitable for me to stop the visit just because foreign countries claim our practice of consoling the souls of the deceased is "improper", the Yasukuni Shrine cannot be replaced by any other facilities even if they are built."
These two internal and external different tunes, in today's information society, finally can only lead to the complete loss of trust at home and abroad.
"Koizumi's visit is a grave event," said Kong. China has a "very clear" stance pertaining to the Yasukuni Shrine, namely that the country is in firm opposition to Japanese leaders' visit to the Yasukuni "at any time" or "in any form", he said.
"Prime Minister Koizumi cannot change the nature of his visit no matter what manner he adopts," the spokesman said, adding that it is only natural for China to react strongly over the issue.
"Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine has resulted in very grave consequences, for which he should bear full responsibility," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan.
"We would hope that countries in the region could work together to resolve their concerns over history in an amicable way and through dialogue," the State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Monday.
"We're treading a really fine line on this, and there is a debate among people in Washington about what we should do," said Derek Mitchell, a former special assistant to the U.S. defense secretary for Asian affairs. "Some people think we're sort of implicated in this by our silence, by not coming out more forcefully in principle," he said.
"We have a vision we're implementing of a much more active and robust U.S.-Japanese alliance in the region that is constructive and helps provide peace and stability," said Mitchell, the senior fellow for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "To the degree that Japan is not seen as constructive, as having not dealt with its past and therefore not welcome to be involved in the region, it hurts us."