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Just over half of the respondents to a Kyodo survey released Wednesday supported Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s trip this week to Yasukuni Shrine, but nearly the same number said the next leader should not go.

A total of 51.5 percent approved of Koizumi’s visit to the shrine on the Aug. 15 anniversary of the end of the war, while 41.8 percent opposed it.

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