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A group of 40 people filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the government and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi over his August visit to Yasukuni Shrine, claiming it violated the constitutional separation of state and religion.

In the suit filed with the Chiba District Court, the group, which includes Christians among its members, is demanding 4 million yen, or 100,000 yen each, in compensation for violating their freedom of religion.

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