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2006-08-13 23:46:20

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Speculation swirled that Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would visit a shrine for war dead seen by many in Asia as a symbol of Japan's past militarism on Tuesday, the anniversary of Tokyo's World War Two surrender. The visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals are honored along with the country's 2.5 million war dead, would likely further damage tense ties with China and South Korea, where bitter...

2006-08-08 22:08:24

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told reporters on Wednesday that he thought should keep his pledge to visit Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on the August 15 anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, Kyodo news agency reported. A pilgrimage by the Japanese premier to the shrine, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals are honored with the country's 2.5 million war dead, would likely further chill already tense ties with...

2006-08-08 06:16:58

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated on Tuesday he would visit Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine next week to mark the anniversary of Japan's surrender after World War Two in 1945. Such a pilgrimage to the shrine, where Japanese convicted as war criminals are honored along with the country's 2.5 million war dead, is likely to further harm already tense ties with China and South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan's past...

2006-08-07 03:42:02

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - China urged Japan on Monday to stop visits by its leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, as speculation grew that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would make a pilgrimage next week on the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender. South Korea, which also suffered under Japanese military aggression, is expected to make a similar demand this week when its foreign minister, Ban Ki-moon, visits Tokyo. Tokyo's relations with both Beijing...

2006-07-29 20:32:33

By Linda Sieg BEIJING (Reuters) - When Jia Xiaopeng was born, the Sino-Japanese war had been over for nearly 40 years. Still, the Chinese youth thinks it's too soon for painful memories of Japan's 1937-1945 invasion and occupation of parts of his homeland to fade. "We cannot easily resolve issues relating to the war," said Jia, 23, a recent graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing who is an avid fan of Japanese "manga" comics and has studied the Japanese language for four years....

2006-07-07 00:15:00

By Linda Sieg BEIJING -- Zhang Jingru stands quietly before the photo exhibit: Chinese victims of Japan's germ warfare experiments, emaciated slave laborers, corpses of children killed during a Sino-Japanese war begun 69 years ago on Friday. As its name suggests, the Memorial Museum of the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War is dedicated to preserving memories of an eight-year war that Beijing says killed tens of millions of Chinese before Tokyo's 1945 surrender to U.S. forces. "We hate the...

2006-07-04 19:46:48

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan summoned South Korea's ambassador on Wednesday to demand that Seoul halt a survey of disputed waters that began earlier in the day. Tokyo also said it may conduct its own research in the area. A South Korean survey ship escorted by a patrol boat entered what Japan considers to be its exclusive economic zone near islands at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries around 6:40 a.m. (2140 GMT), Japan's coast guard said....

2006-07-04 18:58:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday urged South Korea to immediately halt a survey of disputed waters between the two countries, hours after South Korean ships arrived in the area. Tokyo also said it may conduct its own survey. A South Korean survey ship, escorted by a patrol vessel, entered what Japan considers to be its own exclusive economic zone on Wednesday near islands at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries, Japan's coast guard said. South Korea and...

2006-06-26 19:26:38

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi makes his final visit to the United States this week, capping five years in which Tokyo boosted ties with Washington but sowed discord with Japan's neighbors. The last summit with President George W. Bush for Koizumi, who will step down in September, comes as talk of a North Korean long-range missile test underscore the security threats that have bound the two allies together. Koizumi...

2006-06-22 07:28:15

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan would study the situation before deciding what steps it would take against U.S. beef imports if it again discovers a violation of a safeguards, Japan's farm minister said on Thursday. Tokyo suspended American beef imports in January following the discovery of forbidden cattle parts in a veal shipment from a New York firm, just a month after it lifted a two-year ban imposed after a case of the so-called mad cow disease in the U.S. Asked if Japan would again...


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