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2006-02-03 01:57:52

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...

2006-02-03 01:55:00

By Linda Sieg TOKYO -- 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 extremely...

2006-02-03 00:59:31

TOKYO (Reuters) - Congress has "run out of patience" over Japan's ban on American beef imports, 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 the American meat 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...

2006-01-06 03:39:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it would hold informal talks with China next week on overall bilateral relations, which have been chilled by disputes over issues stemming mainly from Japan's wartime history. Foreign ministry officials from both countries will meet in Beijing on Monday, Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Sino-Japanese relations sank to their worst level in decades last year, due partly to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to a...

2006-01-03 23:45:04

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A tearful Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday rejected criticism by China and South Korea of his visits to a Tokyo war shrine, but added he was committed to developing friendly ties with Beijing and Seoul. Sino-Japanese ties have chilled markedly since Koizumi took office in 2001 and began visits to the Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals are honored along with Japan's 2.5 million war dead. Many in China and South Korea, where...

2005-12-26 07:07:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese and Japanese officials held a rare one-on-one meeting in Beijing on Monday, but their discussions highlighted the rift between the two Asian powers. Masaharu Kono, a deputy vice-minister in Japan's Foreign Ministry met Qiao Zonghuai, a Chinese deputy foreign minister, to discuss Japan's proposals to overhaul the United Nations and give Japan a seat on the U.N. Security Council, China's Foreign Ministry Web site reported on Monday. China's leaders and...

2005-12-24 22:20:18

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of Japanese who have good feelings toward China has fallen to a record low, according to a government survey, in an apparent reflection of the icy diplomatic ties between the Asian neighbors. In a Cabinet Office poll released this weekend, only 32.4 percent of respondents said they had friendly feelings toward China, down 5.2 points from last year's figure, also a record low. The survey also showed that 71.2 percent of respondents believed that ties with...

2005-12-21 22:28:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency. "A neighboring country has an atomic bomb and its military spending has been rising for 12 consecutive years. There is no transparency and I view that as a concern, a threat," Aso told a news conference. But a foreign ministry spokesman said Tokyo's position was that it did not see the Chinese military as a "direct threat," meaning it did...

2005-12-05 00:24:22

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi criticised China on Monday for postponing an annual summit of Japan, China and South Korea, saying Beijing cannot use his visits to a war shrine as a diplomatic card. Ties with China and South Korea have been chilled by Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, which they regard as a symbol of past Japanese militarism. Koizumi, who says he makes the visits to pray for peace and honor the war dead, last went in...

2005-12-04 00:32:30

BEIJING (Reuters) - An annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea scheduled for mid-December has been postponed due to "current conditions," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. The summit that was to have taken place on the sidelines of a regional conference in Malaysia had been postponed to an appropriate time due to the "current atmosphere and conditions," the ministry said on its Web site, www.fmprc.gov.cn. The statement gave no further details, saying only that...


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