Hiroshi Okuda, the leader of the nation’s most powerful business lobby, said Tuesday that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine on New Year’s Day will probably affect business deals between Japan and China.

Okuda, chairman of Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), said Koizumi’s visit to the shrine may also influence China’s choice of technology for a planned high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai.

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