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2008-09-23 09:00:22

Text of report by Hong Kong-based news agency Zhongguo Tongxun She [Special article by Hong Kong ZTS reporter Kung Ch'ao-wen: "Aso Takes Up Post of Japanese Prime Minister, Sino-Japanese Relations Encounter New Test"] Beijing, 22 Sep (ZTS) - Taro Aso, secretary general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, today expectedly won the party's presidential election. He will on the 24th take over from Yasuo Fukuda, who earlier suddenly resigned, as Japan's new prime minister. Foreign affairs...

2006-08-26 20:06:58

By Ralph Jennings TAIPEI (Reuters) - When Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler Asashoryu walked into a reception to kick off a sumo tournament in Taiwan, guests rushed to take his photo and mobbed his dinner table to get autographs. Mongolian-born Asashoryu, who has a record of 84 victories in a year, visited Taipei in August with 41 other wrestlers because organizers figured the uniquely Japanese contest of muscles and body weight would be a hit in Taiwan. "We don't have this sport,...

2006-08-25 04:59:39

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The granddaughter of wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo said on Friday a Tokyo war shrine should keep honoring war criminals and urged Japan's emperor to visit there to thank those who had died for their country. Japan was locked in debate on whether "Class A" war criminals should be removed from the list of those honored at Yasukuni Shrine, or if the country should build a secular memorial where leaders could go without offending Asian neighbors....

2006-08-20 04:41:08

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's relations with Japan would remain at low ebb as long as Japanese leaders continued visiting a Tokyo shrine for war dead, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Sunday, driving home Beijing's displeasure. State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan told the honorary leader of Japan's opposition Social Democratic Party, Doi Takako, that Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Tuesday visit to the Yasukuni Shrine had "seriously affected the improvement of China-Japan...

2006-08-16 05:43:27

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Wednesday called a visit by Japan's prime minister to a Tokyo war shrine "a grave insult," in its first official reaction to the pilgrimage that enraged Seoul and Beijing. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday paid his respects at Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals along with 2.5 million war dead are enshrined. South Korea and China consider the visits to Yasukuni as symbolic of Japan's...

2006-08-16 02:02:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police were investigating a possible arson attack at the office of a senior lawmaker known for his outspoken opposition to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a controversial war shrine, a spokesman said on Wednesday. A fire destroyed a house belonging to the mother of Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Koichi Kato and his adjoining constituency office in Yamagata, north of Tokyo on Tuesday, hours after Koizumi paid his respects at the Yasukuni...

2006-08-15 00:06:54

Corrects spelling of Abes first name in paragraph three. By Teruaki Ueno and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted angry protests from Beijing and Seoul, although Koizumi denied his pilgrimage had been...

2006-08-15 00:05:00

By Teruaki Ueno and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted angry protests from Beijing and Seoul, although Koizumi denied his pilgrimage had been intended to glorify war. Koizumi is set to step down in September and his...

2006-08-14 22:03:39

By Teruaki Ueno and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted angry protests from Beijing and Seoul, although Koizumi denied his pilgrimage had been intended to glorify war. Koizumi is set to step down in September...

2006-08-14 21:58:56

By Linda Sieg and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted angry protests from Beijing and Seoul, although Koizumi denied his pilgrimage had been intended to glorify war. The Shinto shrine honors Japanese World...


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