July 22, 2008

Japanese Cabinet Secretary Concerned Over Olympics After China Bus Blasts

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Tokyo, July 22 Kyodo - Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura expressed hope Tuesday that "various" incidents taking place in China will not hamper a smooth holding of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, following fatal bus explosions in China's Yunnan Province.

"Various forms of incidents seem to have occurred in these one to two months as dissatisfaction of people in China is directed (at such authorities as police)," Machimura told a news conference.

"I hope they will not become obstacles to a smooth holding of the Beijing Olympics," Machimura said. He declined to comment on whether the explosions were an act of terrorism, saying he does not know details of the incidents.

Chinese police said Monday the bus explosions that killed two people and injured 14 more in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, were an act of "sabotage."

Machimura said Japan also went through "social turmoil" such as pollution lawsuits and strikes during a time of rapid economic growth, which China is now experiencing.

"I suppose that overcoming such incidents will be a major theme for Chinese society in the future," Machimura said.

Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0433 22 Jul 08.

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