It seems that “Sore wa i-Kanzaki” has finally determined what it is that he finds impossible to endure:
Kanzaki says next prime minister should not visit Yasukuni ShrineThere is nothing quite as inspiring as man drawing a line against immorality, especially after only four years of cohabitating with it. One can only hope that Kanzaki and the other members of his party have the strength to endure to these next nine more months of what can only be the purest of tortures for their immaculate souls.
FUKUOKA, Jan. 11 -- New Komeito party leader Takenori Kanzaki said Wednesday that the successor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi should not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine so that Japan can mend ties with Asian countries.
"Repairing the relationships with Asian countries is an important responsibility of the next Cabinet," Kanzaki said at a party meeting in Fukuoka. "The next prime minister should not visit Yasukuni Shrine."
Kanzaki, whose party is the coalition partner of Koizumi's Liberal Democratic Party, said the prime minister's visits to Yasukuni, where Class A war criminals from World War II are also honored, are inconsistent with Cabinet policy as past leaders have issued statements reflecting on Japan's invasions.