Kamijo, with a Hinomaru and the name of his rightwing group, Gishin Gokoku-kai, emblazoned on his crisp blue uniform, was not much impressed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Yasukuni visit earlier in the day. It marked the first time Koizumi has visited on the Aug. 15 anniversary itself.
“It’s the obvious thing to do,” he said. “People who died for Japan are enshrined here, right? So it’s natural for the Japanese leader to pay his respects.”
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