Condo to loom over samurai graves in Japan, spurring protest

January 13, 2015 7:45 AM

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Condo to loom over samurai graves in Japan, spurring protest

The "47 ronin" samurai who inspired the long-loved saga of loyalty and honor eulogized in films, books and plays are fighting a new kind of battle in urban Japan.

An apartment complex is going up next to the curved tile-roofed Sengakuji temple where the three-century-old graves of the ronin, or masterless samurai, lie. The stone monuments, standing barely waist-high, are known here and elsewhere as a humble but proud testament to sacrificing one's life for wh...

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