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North Korea joined a chorus of criticism across Asia denouncing a surprise visit by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on New Year’s Day to a shrine honoring the nation’s war dead, warning Saturday it signaled a “revival of militarism.”

State-run radio blasted the visit during a morning news broadcast a day after neighboring South Korea made a formal protest and demonstrators gathered outside Japan’s consulate in Hong Kong.

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