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2006-08-09 20:34:15

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. Speculation is mounting that Koizumi will visit the Yasukuni Shrine, where wartime leaders convicted as war criminals are honored along with Japan's 2.5 million war dead, on the symbolic August 15 anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two....

2006-08-09 01:49:03

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. Junichiro Koizumi's comments came shortly after South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon lamented that Tokyo and Seoul were at odds over history and urged Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, Koizumi's heir apparent, to play a...

2006-08-08 22:08:24

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. A pilgrimage by the Japanese premier to the shrine, where Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals are honored with the country's 2.5 million war dead, would likely further chill already tense ties with...

2006-08-08 06:16:58

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. Such a pilgrimage to the shrine, where Japanese convicted as war criminals are honored along with the country's 2.5 million war dead, is likely to further harm already tense ties with China and South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan's past...

2006-08-07 23:36:14

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. Ties with China and South Korea have chilled since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took office in 2001 and began making annual pilgrimages to the Shinto shrine in central Tokyo, where Japanese wartime...

2006-08-07 03:42:02

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. South Korea, which also suffered under Japanese military aggression, is expected to make a similar demand this week when its foreign minister, Ban Ki-moon, visits Tokyo. Tokyo's relations with both Beijing...

2006-08-02 23:44:24

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi defended his visits to a Tokyo war shrine seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism on Thursday, amid speculation he may make his annual pilgrimage on August 15, the anniversary of the nation's surrender World War Two. Writing in his weekly email magazine, Koizumi criticised opponents of his visits to Yasukuni Shrine, saying they did so because China was against the visits. "The thinking of those in...

2006-07-29 20:32:33

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. "We cannot easily resolve issues relating to the war," said Jia, 23, a recent graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing who is an avid fan of Japanese "manga" comics and has studied the Japanese language for four years....

2006-07-24 01:02:10

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. Pressure, however, appears to be mounting on the conservative political blueblood not to visit Yasukuni Shrine, seen elsewhere in Asia as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, if he wins. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's pilgrimages to Yasukuni...

2006-07-11 05:08:57

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. Ties between the two Asian countries eroded after Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who took office in 2001, made annual visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, where those honored include Japanese World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied...


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