War Crime

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A violation of established protections of the laws of war, which is defined by international law—e.g., the Hague and Geneva Conventions
Examples of war crimes Mistreatment, deportation, enslavement and/or mass murder of prisoners of war, hostages or civilians, genocide, and wanton destruction of population centres and any devastation not justified by military, or civilian necessity
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The premier's planned visit to the shrine, which honors seven Class A war criminals tried and hanged after World War II as well as other war dead, has outraged China and South Korea.
The influential LDP politician, who has advocated separating names of the Class A war criminals from the shrine, said it is impossible to realize the separation with the power of politicians and the government.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's planned visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine is not meant to restore the honor of Class A war criminals enshrined there, a government document said Tuesday.