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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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