• The visits Prime Minister Koizumi made to the Yasukuni Shrine, I believe, had nothing to do with approval ratings. He paid respects at the Yasukuni Shrine to pay respects to the people of Japan who fought and lost their lives for the country and to pray for the peace of their souls.

    "Shinzo Abe Talk Asia interview". Interview With Anjali Rao, April 30, 2007.
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