A grandson of former Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo, who was convicted as a Class-A war criminal after World War II, says Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s successors should refrain from visiting Yasukuni Shrine.

In an interview in the monthly magazine Gendai to be published Tuesday, former ranking Foreign Ministry official Kazuhiko Togo said, “Fully aware of opposition that may arise from some quarters, I would like to propose this: That the successor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi declare a moratorium on visiting Yasukuni.”

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