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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Thursday attacked the media for criticizing him over his pilgrimages to a Tokyo war shrine that critics in Asia and abroad see as a symbol of the country's past militarism.
By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese prime minister said on Wednesday he should keep a promise to visit a Tokyo shrine for war dead on the August 15 anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, a move likely to outrage China and the two Koreas.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told reporters on Wednesday that he thought should keep his pledge to visit Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on the August 15 anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, Kyodo news agency reported.
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated on Tuesday he would visit Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine next week to mark the anniversary of Japan's surrender after World War Two in 1945.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Taro Aso, a dark horse candidate to become Japan's next prime minister, proposed on Tuesday making the Yasukuni Shrine for Japanese war dead, now at the heart of a regional diplomatic feud, a secular, state-run memorial that the emperor could visit.
By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - China urged Japan on Monday to stop visits by its leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, as speculation grew that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would make a pilgrimage next week on the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender.
By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minis
By Linda Sieg BEIJING (Reuters) - When Jia Xiaopeng was born, the Sino-Japanese war had been over for nearly 40 years. Still, the Chinese youth thinks it's too soon for painful memories of Japan's 1937-1945 invasion and occupation of parts of his homeland to fade.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly two months before ballots are cast, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe -- a proponent of an assertive security policy and traditional values -- looks unbeatable in the race to be Japan's next leader.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said he would like to see relations between Japan and China improve, pointing out that countries that have been cool to each other in the past can unite against common threats.