A 10-member advisory panel set up to discuss an alternative way to pay tribute to Japan’s war dead held its inaugural meeting Wednesday, agreeing to draw up a report in a year.

The panel was set up after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged Aug. 13 to seek a way “for people at home and abroad to pay memorial tribute without discomfort.” Koizumi made a controversial visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which includes Class-A war criminals among the the war dead it honors, later that day.

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