The Osaka District Court on Thursday turned down a lawsuit that called for the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo to stop enshrining 11 servicemen and civilian employees of the former imperial Japanese forces.
In Thursday's decision, Muraoka brushed aside the plaintiffs' argument that Yasukuni Shrine has infringed upon their human rights to respect their loved ones and cherish memories of them by unilaterally enshrining them collectively without the relatives' consent, saying such rights are out of the range of legal protection.
''If separately enshrining
them is difficult,'' he continued, ''a different facility should be set up as a memorial site so that official visits can be made.
So far, the government has explained that it was not involved in the procedure for enshrining
war dead at Yasukuni Shrine and that the decision to enshrine the 14 Class-A war criminals was the shrine's.
It also claimed the government is responsible for offering their relatives' names to Yasukuni without any legal grounds, knowing that the names would be used for the purpose of enshrining
Ten relatives of Taiwanese who served in Japan's military before and during World War II and who are enshrined among the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo will file a lawsuit demanding that the shrine stop enshrining
their relatives, their legal agents in Japan said Tuesday.
About 10 members of the group also submitted a letter to the Shinto shrine in Tokyo requesting that it stop enshrining
''We will never tolerate an incumbent Japanese leader going to a shrine enshrining
Class-A war criminals,'' Li was quoted as saying.
Located in central Tokyo, Yasukuni is the main Japanese Shinto shrine honoring the war dead and also enshrining
World War II war criminals.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday expressed willingness to revisit Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine honoring Japan's war dead and also enshrining
war criminals, despite strong protests from China and South Korea.
The suit also says enshrining
someone against their beliefs in life also constitutes an infringement of the Constitution.