In case you missed it, which you probably did, Japan's impeccably coiffed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on Monday morning. The Shinto shrine is a tribute to soldiers, WWII heroes, and a host of war criminals of the Tojo regime.
The rest of East Asia is, predictably, perturbed. Japan transformed most of the Korean peninsula into a brothel during its 35 year occupation, something that South Koreans are still pretty angry about. China didn't get off much easier, what with the massacres and all. Even that bastion of democracy and restraint, North Korea, has weighed in on Koizumi's visit.
What is really striking about this whole debacle, though, is that the High Court in Osaka has ruled that Koizumi's visit crosses the barrier between religion and state dictated by Japan's constitution. Koizumi, in visiting the shrine, is not only pissing off China and the Koreas, but also pissing on Japan's Constitution, at least according to the Osaka High Court.
Hmm...seems like our old pal Junichiro is taking a few cues from our even older pal Roy.