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2005-07-17 22:54:32

SEOUL (Reuters) - Stalled six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs will begin on July 26 in Beijing, but no date has been set for when the discussions will end, a South Korean daily reported on Monday. Separately, a Japanese daily reported the United States had told Japan and South Korea that it wanted to discontinue the talks if there was no breakthrough in Beijing next week. Japanese and South Korean government officials were not immediately available for...

2005-07-15 00:26:51

BEIJING (Reuters) - China strongly protested on Friday against what it said was an infringement of its sovereign rights and interests in the East China Sea after Japan granted rights to a firm to test drill for gas near disputed waters. The state-run Xinhua news agency said the Foreign Ministry summoned a Japanese diplomat "to lodge solemn representations to and express strong protest" against the move. In recent months, relations between China and Japan have been at their worst since...

2005-07-13 04:56:33

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese city on Wednesday adopted for use in its schools a history textbook that critics say whitewashes Tokyo's militaristic past, a decision likely to further chill ties with China and South Korea. The education board of the city of Otawara in Tochigi Prefecture, 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Tokyo, became the first municipal government to adopt "The New History Textbook," written by nationalistic scholars for junior high schools. Japan's...

2005-07-13 00:28:30

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese city on Wednesday adopted for use in its schools a history textbook critics say whitewashes Tokyo's militaristic past, a decision likely to further chill ties with China and South Korea. The education board of the city of Otawara in Tochigi Prefecture, 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Tokyo, became the first municipal government to adopt "The New History Textbook," written by nationalistic scholars for junior high schools. Japan's...

2005-07-12 22:34:31

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's ties with China and South Korea have been chilled by a dispute over Tokyo's wartime past, including a row over Japanese school textbooks that critics say whitewash Tokyo's militaristic past. Following are some key facts about the textbook feud. *Japanese textbooks are approved every four years under a system of screening by the Education Ministry, and local school boards then decide which textbooks to adopt in their districts. *On April 5, Japan approved a new...

2005-07-12 23:04:43

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese city on Wednesday adopted for use in its schools a history textbook critics say whitewashes Tokyo's militaristic past, Kyodo news agency said, a decision likely to further chill ties with China and South Korea. The education board of the city of Otawara in Tochigi Prefecture, 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Tokyo, became the first municipal government to adopt "The New History Textbook," written by nationalistic scholars for junior high schools. Japan's...

2005-07-08 14:22:12

By Masayuki Kitano EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Friday he had got the impression from talks at the G8 summit that North Korea may soon return to stalled six-way talks on its nuclear weapons programs. Hopes were raised for a resumption of the talks -- last held in June 2004 -- when North Korean leader Kim Jong-il told a South Korean envoy last month that Pyongyang could return in July if the United States met certain conditions, such as treating it...

2005-06-28 01:05:39

SAIPAN (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, on apilgrimage to the U.S. territory of Saipan -- site of adecisive World War II battle -- abruptly changed his scheduleon Tuesday to visit a memorial to Koreans who died in thePacific conflict. Akihito's journey, his first trip outside Japan to payrespects to war dead, coincides with a deterioration in Japan'sties with China and South Korea, still tormented by the wartimepast 60 years later. Korean residents of Saipan had asked the emperor to...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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