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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Kong Quan's Response to Koizumi's Statement on Continued Visit to the Yasukuni Shrine

Q: A Fukuoka court ruled today that Prime Minister Koizumi's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine has violated the Japanese Constitution. However, Koizumi responded by saying that he would keep visiting the Yasukuni Shrine despite the ruling. Can I have your comment on this?

A: A correct perception of and approach to that period of history is the political basis of China-Japan relationship and a key for Japan to truly win the trust from Asia and the world. We do have a clearly-cut position on the Yasukuni Shrine issue. We hope that the Japanese leaders could faithfully observe its commitments on expressing remorse for the history of aggression and refrain from doing anything that might hurt the feeling of the Chinese people.

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