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Asahi Shimbun Proposes New Facility for War Dead

Monday, June 6, 2005 Posted: 01:38 PM JST

In an editorial, The Asahi Shimbun today proposes "a new nonreligious national facility as a site for mourning the war dead." The same proposal was made in 2002 by a private advisory panel headed by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda.

"In view of recent events," the editorial concludes, "we feel even more strongly that such a facility would be a far more suitable venue for the prime minister, as the representative of the Japanese people, to articulate the sincerity of our sorrow."

Kyodo Tsushin reported over the week-end that Yasukuni Jinja refuses to remove Class A war criminals from its shrine.

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