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Foreign Minister Taro Aso plans to urge Yasukuni Shrine to surrender its religious status and be placed under effective government control in a bid to improve icy diplomatic relations with China and South Korea, according to an outline of his plan obtained Saturday.

The plan will call for making the Shinto shrine a national war memorial on the assumption it would voluntarily disband as a religious entity under a new law that would be aimed at creating such memorials, the outline says.

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