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By Jonathan Standing TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan prepared to mark the anniversary on Monday of its defeat in World War Two with solemn ceremony and prayer, but 60 years after the conflict's end, ties with North Asian neighbors remain plagued by the past.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was unlikely to risk outraging Asian neighbors and alienating domestic voters by visiting a shrine for war dead on the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, colleagues said on Sunday.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - More than 300 Japanese lawmakers urged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to visit a shrine for war dead on the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II, saying he should not bow to pressure from China to stay away.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese politicians want to tone down a resolution marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II by deleting the words "acts of aggression" that appeared in a similar statement in 1995, Japanese media said.
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Tokyo High Court was set to rule on Tuesday on a lawsuit by Chinese plaintiffs demanding that Japan's government pay compensation and apologize for the activities of the Imperial Japanese Army's biological warfare units including the infamous Unit 731.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Almost two thirds of Japanese favor building a new war memorial as an alternative to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, criticized as a symbol of the country's past militarism, a newspaper poll said on Tuesday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China strongly protested on Friday against what it said was an infringement of its sovereign rights and interests in the East China Sea after Japan granted rights to a firm to test drill for gas near disputed waters.
By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese city on Wednesday adopted for use in its schools a history textbook that critics say whitewashes Tokyo's militaristic past, a decision likely to further chill ties with China and South Korea.
By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese city on Wednesday adopted for use in its schools a history textbook critics say whitewashes Tokyo's militaristic past, a decision likely to further chill ties with China and South Korea.