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Japanese and Korean plaintiffs filed an appeal Tuesday with the Supreme Court over a high court’s decision last month to dismiss their lawsuit claiming Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s August 2001 visit to Yasukuni Shrine was unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs — relatives of war dead and people of religious faith — are claiming damages for psychological stress caused by the visit.

The Constitution calls for separation of state and religion.

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