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2005-08-14 23:06:49

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. Sixty years after Emperor Hirohito exhorted his subjects to "bear the unbearable" and accept defeat, memories of the war that killed millions in Asia bedevil ties between Japan and its neighbors, particularly China and...

2005-08-14 17:51:55

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. Attention was focused on whether Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would visit a Tokyo shrine for war dead on the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the late emperor Hirohito exhorted his subjects to "endure the unendurable and bear the...

2005-08-13 22:44:48

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. Speculation persisted, however, that the unpredictable premier might yet decide to pay respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine on Monday, the 60th anniversary of the surrender. An August 15 visit to Yasukuni, where Japanese...

2005-08-02 06:15:00

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. Koizumi's annual visits to Yasukuni shrine, seen by China, South Korea and domestic critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, have chilled ties with Beijing and Seoul and there is much speculation about when he will next pay his...

2005-07-26 23:58:38

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. Japan's ties with China and South Korea have already been frayed by a series of disputes, stemming mainly from what those countries see as Japan's failure to own up to its wartime past. "We ... deeply regret the suffering that our country's actions in a...

2005-07-18 22:01:17

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. In a landmark ruling in 2002, the Tokyo District Court said Japan had conducted biological warfare in China before and during World War II, something that the Japanese government has never officially acknowledged. But...

2005-07-18 21:07:57

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. About 63 percent of respondents to the Mainichi Shimbun poll said the government should build a new secular memorial to the war dead, while only 28 percent opposed the idea, the paper said. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to Yasukuni have sparked anger in...

2005-07-15 00:26:51

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. The state-run Xinhua news agency said the Foreign Ministry summoned a Japanese diplomat "to lodge solemn representations to and express strong protest" against the move. In recent months, relations between China and Japan have been at their worst since...

2005-07-13 04:56:33

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. The education board of the city of Otawara in Tochigi Prefecture, 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Tokyo, became the first municipal government to adopt "The New History Textbook," written by nationalistic scholars for junior high schools. Japan's...

2005-07-13 00:28:30

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. The education board of the city of Otawara in Tochigi Prefecture, 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Tokyo, became the first municipal government to adopt "The New History Textbook," written by nationalistic scholars for junior high schools. Japan's...


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