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Monday, 13 August, 2001, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
In pictures: Koizumi visits war shrine
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine has stirred strong emotions among supporters and opponents.

The prime minister was welcomed at the shrine with elated flag-wavers on one side, and angry demonstrators on the other.

Mr Koizumi is being led into the shrine by a Shinto priest
Mr Koizumi intended to visit the shrine on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in WWII on 15 August, but changed his mind

People shout banzai and wave the national flags as they welcome Prime Minister Koizumi at Yasukuni Shrine
He was greeted by well-wishers who waved Japanese flags and cheered

Japanese ultra leftist students group members opposed to the visit are surrounded by riot police in front of the shrine
... but riot police prepared for clashes with leftist students who opposed the visit

Japanese protesters opposing Mr Koizumi's visit to the shrine
Japanese demonstrators carried placards calling on Mr Koizumi to be more attentive to Japan's neighbours

Mr Koizumi waves as he leaves the shrine
Mr Koizumi assured the crowd that he intended to promote friendship with Japan's neighbouring countries

South Korean men cutting off the tips of their little fingers in protest of Mr Koizumi's visit
... a message not heard in South Korea, where 20 men chopped off the tips of their little fingers in protest at the visit
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