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2005-12-01 05:51:07

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hinted on Thursday it would oppose Japan's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, days before a visit by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that will address plans to reform the body. Japan's lobbying for a permanent seat on the council was one of the factors behind a wave of anti-Japanese protests in China earlier this year that were the latest manifestation of old resentments between the Asian giants over Japan's wartime aggression. "We support U.N....

2005-11-30 03:45:33

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japan-China-South Korea summit may be canceled for the first time in six years due to Chinese and Korean anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Japan's ties with China and South Korea have been chilled by Koizumi's annual pilgrimages 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...

2005-11-26 22:58:55

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister criticized China and South Korea for protesting against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine for the war dead, media reports said on Sunday. Reports quoted Foreign Minister Taro Aso as also saying that Japan should not worry about how it is viewed by other countries or whether it has become isolated. "The only countries in the world that talk about Yasukuni are China and South Korea," financial daily Nihon...

2005-11-24 02:16:15

TOKYO (Reuters) - Likening Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo war shrine to "pouring salt into an open wound," China's ambassador to Japan on Thursday urged a halt to the pilgrimages in order to thaw frigid Sino-Japanese ties. Japan's relations with China and South Korea chilled markedly after Koizumi took office in 2001 and began annual visits to the Yasukuni shrine, where 14 Class-A war criminals including wartime prime minister Hideki Tojo are honored along with...

2005-10-24 03:59:10

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister will visit Japan despite anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's war shrine pilgrimage, but a South Korean official said on Monday it was too early to resurrect a presidential trip. Beijing and Seoul protested last week after Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, seen by many in China and Koreans as a symbol of Japan's past militarism because war criminals as well as other war dead are...

2005-10-18 07:01:32

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan struggled with little success on Tuesday to minimize the diplomatic fallout from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a Tokyo war shrine, which has outraged China and South Korea and upset domestic critics. Japan's already chilly relations with its neighbors could go into a deep freeze following Koizumi's pilgrimage on Monday to the Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals convicted by an Allied tribunal are honored along with 2.5 million war...

2005-10-17 23:47:02

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sought on Tuesday to minimize the diplomatic fallout from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a Tokyo war shrine, which has outraged China and South Korea and upset domestic critics. Japan's already chilly relations with its neighbors could go into a deep freeze following Koizumi's pilgrimage on Monday to the Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals convicted by an Allied tribunal are honored along with 2.5 million war dead. "Mr Koizumi, who...

2005-10-17 20:14:38

TOKYO (Reuters) - Some 200 Japanese lawmakers paid their respects at a Tokyo shrine for war dead on Tuesday, one day after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi outraged China and South Korea by visiting the shrine, a spokesman for the shrine said. The parliamentarians are members of a group that usually visits the Yasukuni shrine -- seen by critics at home and abroad as a symbol of Japan's past militarism -- during spring and autumn festivals such as the one taking place this week....

2005-10-17 03:14:06

By Linda Sieg and George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid homage on Monday at a Tokyo shrine for war dead that is viewed by critics as a symbol of Japan's militaristic past, drawing swift and angry protests from China and South Korea. Japan's relations with its neighbors have already chilled because of Koizumi's annual visits to Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals are honored along with 2.5 million war dead. Koizumi -- clad in a dark suit...

2005-10-16 22:22:13

By Linda Sieg and George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid homage on Monday at a shrine for war dead seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, drawing a swift protest from South Korea and certain to outrage China as well. Japan's relations with its neighbors have already chilled because of Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals convicted by an Allied tribunal are honored along with the nation's...


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