• Kyodo


When Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s successor takes office next month, analysts say China will be focusing on one point — whether the new leader will visit Yasukuni Shrine.

While other issues, including a heated dispute over gas exploration rights in the East China Sea, lie unresolved, the shrine visits are the main factor determining whether the two neighbors can start mending relations that have sunk to their lowest level in decades, the analysts said.

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