Monday, October 17, 2005


Ex-Taiwan president praised Koizumi

Ex-Taiwan leader Lee supports Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni Shrine

Monday, October 17, 2005 at 13:00 JST
NEW YORK — Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui on Sunday praised Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for visiting Yasukuni Shrine despite opposition by neighboring countries such as China. "That was good," Lee said, commenting on Koizumi's visit to the war-related Shinto shrine in Tokyo on Monday.

Lee has supported Koizumi's visits to the shrine, saying, "It is natural for a premier of a country to paid homage to the souls of people who lost their lives for their country." Lee also said earlier there is no reason for foreign countries to tell Koizumi not to visit the shrine.

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