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2006-05-29 02:06:08

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose annual visits to a Shinto shrine for war dead have angered China and South Korea, paid tribute at Japan's nondenominational tomb of the unknown soldier on Monday. Koizumi joined other lawmakers, members of the Imperial Family and foreign diplomats as the ashes of 398 soldiers were added to the remains of some 350,000 unidentified Japanese soldiers who died in World War Two. Chidorigafuchi, an austere memorial near the...

2006-05-03 04:31:18

By Kwaku Sakyi-Addo ACCRA (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced the creation of an international prize for medical research and care in Africa, of a value similar to Sweden's Nobel prize. Koizumi said the award would be named after Shideyo Noguchi, a Japanese scientist who died from malaria in Ghana in 1928 while researching yellow fever. "The proposal is for an award of a prize that will be no less major than the Nobel Prize, which will be given by the...

2006-04-04 06:41:46

TOKYO (Reuters) - A top Japanese official said Japan and China differ on fundamental issues such as freedom and human rights, and added that Tokyo needs to strengthen ties with countries that share its values. But Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said in an interview with the financial daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) that Japan wants to resolve bilateral disputes with China through dialogue. "We always keep the door open. Essentially, dialogue must not be shut off," said Abe,...

2006-04-03 01:36:59

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese victims of Japanese World War Two atrocities plan to file compensation claims in China after years of suits in Japan failed to find redress, a newspaper said on Monday. Five law firms had come to the aid of a China association seeking compensation and would help file a claim in the coming days on behalf of Chinese forced into labor during the war, the Beijing Times said. Resentment toward Japan runs deep in China for Japan's invasion and occupation of...

2006-04-03 01:12:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday that Tokyo disagrees with Chinese President Hu Jintao's comment that visits to a Tokyo war shrine by Japan's prime minister were solely to blame for chilly ties between the two Asian nations. "We cannot accept his assertion that Japan's leader is totally to blame for the current difficult phase of the Sino-Japanese relations," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe told reporters on Monday. Sino-Japanese relations are at...

2006-03-31 08:15:15

By Lindsay Beck and Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao offered to ease tensions with Japan when he met a retired Japanese leader on Friday, but said Japan's current prime minister must stop visiting a shrine honouring war criminals. Hu told former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto that "developing friendly and cooperative neighbourly relations between China and Japan is in the two countries' fundamental interests," according to a news broadcast on...

2006-03-30 01:00:00

TOKYO -- A group of 40 Chinese who say they were wounded or lost relatives as a result of Japanese bombing of the city of Chongqing before and during World War Two filed a suit against the Japanese government on Thursday. The plaintiffs, mostly in their 70s and 80s, want an apology and 10 million yen ($84,920) each in compensation, Kyodo news agency and other media reported. The plaintiffs say the repeated bombings of the southwestern Chinese city, formerly known as Chungking, between 1938...

2006-03-27 05:19:39

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - China's growing military strength and its tense relationship with Taiwan are major destabilizing factors in East Asia, according to a strategy report issued on Monday by a think tank affiliated with Japan's Defense Ministry. Ties between Japan and China are at their worst state in decades, strained by disputes including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine. Beijing sees the shrine as a symbol of Japan's past...

2006-02-22 07:26:31

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao criticised Japanese leaders' visits to a Tokyo war shrine at a meeting on Wednesday with Japan's trade minister that Tokyo had hoped would smooth ruffled ties, Kyodo news agency said. Bilateral relations have sunk to their lowest point in decades on a range of issues from a scramble for influence and energy to territorial disputes, but mostly over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni war shrine, which China sees as a...

2006-02-03 13:46:55

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress has "run out of patience" over Japan's ban on American beef, ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer said on Friday, adding that he hoped the issue could be settled in a "fairly short period of time." Japan, long the biggest export market for U.S. beef, reinstated a ban on January 20 after inspectors discovered spinal material, which experts say poses a risk of mad cow disease, in veal shipped by a New York meat packer. "What would be...