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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...

2005-10-16 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...

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...

2005-09-29 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...

2005-09-22 17:14:01

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea appeared to back away on Thursday from a threat to put conditions on its pledge to give up its nuclear arms, saying the matter should be discussed in a new round of six-party talks in November. "All these issues can be discussed at the forthcoming talks," North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon said. "All the issues should be resolved on the basis of simultaneous actions," he added in an interview with news agency reporters. He had...

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...

2005-08-10 06:29:40

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Women's groups across Asia urged Tokyo on Wednesday to make a sincere apology and compensate women forced into sexual slavery in brothels run by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. Protesters took to the streets in Manila, Seoul and Taipei, as well as in Tokyo, Osaka and other Japanese cities, aiming to raise awareness of the plight of the sex slaves known as "comfort women" ahead of next week's 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat...

2005-07-31 04:54:41

By Teruaki Ueno and Jack Kim BEIJING (Reuters) - Negotiators at six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programs clashed on Sunday as they tried to draw up a joint statement of principles that has eluded them for nearly three years. No one believed the document would contain ground-breaking commitments, but even outlining the basics was proving elusive. "The deputy chief delegates had discussions for more than five hours. They had fierce exchanges," said Japan's deputy chief negotiator,...

2005-07-28 19:16:19

TOKYO (Reuters) - China, host of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear arms programs, is making arrangements for a bilateral meeting between Japan and North Korea in Beijing on Friday, a Japanese newspaper reported. Japan and North Korea are locked in a dispute over North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago, an issue that Japan insists must be resolved to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. North Korea has given a positive response, and China...

2005-07-28 01:14:10

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo's education board adopted on Thursday a history textbook that critics say whitewashes past Japanese militarism for use at 26 junior high schools in the capital, a decision that could anger China and South Korea. Japan's Education Ministry in April approved a new edition of the textbook, written by nationalist scholars, sparking protests from China and South Korea where bitter memories of Japan's aggression before and during World War II persist....


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  • To talk saucily.
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