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2005-10-16 23:58:33

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 seen 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 convicted by an Allied tribunal are honored along with the nation's 2.5 million...

2005-10-16 20:50:51

By Linda Sieg 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, a step certain to outrage Asian neighbors China and South Korea. Japan's relations with its Asian neighbors have already chilled because of Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals convicted by a 1948 Allied tribunal are honored along with the nation's 2.5 million war dead....

2005-10-16 20:14:56

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - In a step sure to outrage China and South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was to pay homage on Monday at a shrine for war dead seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. Japan's relations with its Asian neighbors have already chilled because of Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals convicted by a 1948 Allied tribunal are honored along with the nation's 2.5 million war dead. An aide to the...

2005-10-16 17:42:42

TOKYO (Reuters) - In a step sure to outrage China and South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was to pay homage on Monday at a shrine for war dead seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, Japan's private Jiji news agency reported. Japan's relations with its Asian neighbors have already chilled because of Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals convicted by a 1948 Allied tribunal are honored along with the nation's 2.5...

2005-09-29 03:59:34

TOKYO (Reuters) - A lawsuit claiming compensation from Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for distress caused by his visits to a war shrine was dismissed by a Tokyo court on Thursday. Japan's Asian neighbours see Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, and relations with China and South Korea have deteriorated in recent years, partly over the prime minister's annual visits. The shrine honours Japan's military war dead and some executed World War Two war...

2005-09-14 22:07:16

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's huge election victory could provide a golden opportunity to mend fences with China and South Korea rather than being an impediment to better ties, analysts say. It is far from clear, however, whether Koizumi -- who has angered China and South Korea with his visits to Yasukuni shrine for the war dead -- will make use of the opportunity. "There is a possibility that he may carry out a drastic shift in...

2005-09-03 00:05:01

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's World War Two defeat on Saturday with a reassurance that it was committed to peace, but warned self-ruled Taiwan -- which Beijing claims as its own -- against declaring statehood. The warning came two days before President Hu Jintao leaves for a thee-day visit to the United States, during which he is expected to seek to play down perceived economic and military threats posed by an emerging China....

2005-08-30 04:02:32

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China marks the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two with receptions, speeches and commemorations this week, but said on Tuesday it was not trying to whip up anti-Japanese sentiment. Violent anti-Japanese protests in April swept across China triggered by Tokyo's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and Japan's approval of a textbook that critics say whitewashes atrocities during Japan's 1931-1945 occupation of...

2005-08-15 01:47:33

By Jonathan Standing TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression, and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war. Sixty years after Emperor Hirohito exhorted his subjects to "bear the unbearable" and accept defeat, memories of the war that killed millions in Asia bedevil relations between Japan and its neighbors, particularly China...

2005-08-14 23:19:38

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Asia marked 60 years since the end of World War Two on Monday with quiet ceremonies amid lingering resentment over Japan's perceived refusal to take responsibility for wartime aggression that killed millions. At least two Japanese cabinet ministers were expected to visit a Tokyo shrine for the war dead in pilgrimages certain to anger China and the Koreas and put further strain on relations that are still shaped by traumatic memories of the war....


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