Latest Yasukuni Shrine Stories
By Linda Sieg BEIJING (Reuters) - Zhang Jingru stands quietly before the photo exhibit: Chinese victims of Japan's germ warfare experiments, emaciated slave laborers, corpses of children killed during a Sino-Japanese war begun 69 years ago on Friday.
By Caren Bohan and George Nishiyama WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush welcomed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi as a good friend on Thursday and thanked Japan for support in Iraq and handling common threats like terrorism and North Korea.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi defended his visits to a Tokyo shrine seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, saying on Tuesday he was free to go there as many times as he wished.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi left on Tuesday for a trip to Canada and the United States, where he can expect a warm diplomatic embrace from close friend and ally President George W. Bush.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe has expanded his lead among voters in the race to become Japan's next prime minister, an opinion poll released on Tuesday showed.
By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi makes his final visit to the United States this week, capping five years in which Tokyo boosted ties with Washington but sowed discord with Japan's neighbors.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese lobby which backs traditional values, seeks to rewrite the U.S-drafted constitution and wants schools to teach patriotism is winning growing support for its agenda from both ruling and opposition party politicians.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose annual visits to a Shinto shrine for war dead have angered China and South Korea, paid tribute at Japan's nondenominational tomb of the unknown soldier on Monday.
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TOKYO (Reuters) - A former top Japanese government spokesman has sharply criticized Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi over visits to a Tokyo war shrine which have triggered a regional diplomatic crisis, a national newspaper said on Sunday.
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