The nation needs to get serious about discussing the future of Yasukuni Shrine, with every option on the table including the removal of Class-A war criminals, a senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker said Sunday.

The comments by Toranosuke Katayama, secretary general of the governing party’s Upper House caucus, came after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the Shinto shrine on Tuesday, the 61st anniversary of the end of World War II, triggering yet another outcry from neighboring countries Japan invaded and occupied before and during the war.

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