South Koreans sue over Japanese war shrine

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TOKYO -- A group of South Koreans filed a lawsuit Monday against a Tokyo war shrine criticized for glorifying Japan's militaristic past, demanding it remove relatives' names from the list of war dead honored there.

The suit, filed at the Tokyo District Court, is the first ever filed by South Koreans against Yasukuni Shrine, their Japanese supporter Naoyoshi Yamamoto said Monday.

The 11 plaintiffs, including a former soldier and 10 others whose fathers were impressed into the Japanese military during World War II, said their names have been enshrined against their will.

The Yasukuni Shrine honors Japan's 2.5 million war dead, including seven executed Class-A war criminals and an estimated 21,000 Koreans.
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