Protests as Japan PM makes war shrine pilgrimage
Published time: 15 Aug, 2006 06:08 Edited time: 15 Aug, 2006 10:08
Japan's premier was on a pilgrimage to Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine, despite protests by China and South Korea. Around 30 demonstrators gathered outside Japan’s embassy in China.
This was Junichiro Koizumi's first visit to the memorial on the anniversary of
's surrender in World War Two.War dead numbering 2.5 million lie there, including 14 war criminals. Japan China and South Korea called the visit offensive to victims of 's military past. Japan riot police entered the Japanese embassy, preparing for demonstrations. Beijing