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2006-07-07 00:15:00

By Linda Sieg BEIJING -- 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. As its name suggests, the Memorial Museum of the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War is dedicated to preserving memories of an eight-year war that Beijing says killed tens of millions of Chinese before Tokyo's 1945 surrender to U.S. forces. "We hate the...

2006-06-29 09:15:41

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. The visit, which will include a joint trip to Graceland to tour the home of Elvis Presley, is being billed as a "sayonara summit" because Koizumi is to step down in September. At an arrival ceremony at the White House, both leaders...

2006-06-27 21:28:46

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. He also lashed out at domestic critics, saying they opposed his pilgrimages to Yasukuni shrine because Beijing did so. "It's not a problem no matter how many times one goes. It's one's freedom," Koizumi told reporters traveling accompanying him on a...

2006-06-27 04:29:14

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. Tensions over a possible missile launch by North Korea will likely top the list of issues to be discussed by the leaders of the world's two biggest economies. But symbol will be as important as substance at what will almost certainly be Koizumi's last official...

2006-06-26 21:27:19

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. But a separate survey found that major Japanese businesses prefer Abe's nearest rival, who is seen as better at improving relations with China. Abe, 51, a popular political blue-blood known for his tough stance toward China and North Korea, has steadily topped the list of politicians whom voters say...

2006-06-26 19:26:38

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. The last summit with President George W. Bush for Koizumi, who will step down in September, comes as talk of a North Korean long-range missile test underscore the security threats that have bound the two allies together. Koizumi...

2006-06-19 08:25:00

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. Nippon Kaigi (Japan Conference) is also keen for the prime minister to visit a shrine for war dead on the anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat -- an emotive date in Asia -- and preserve an ancient tradition of males-only imperial...

2006-05-29 02:06:08

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. Koizumi joined other lawmakers, members of the Imperial Family and foreign diplomats as the ashes of 398 soldiers were added to the remains of some 350,000 unidentified Japanese soldiers who died in World War Two. Chidorigafuchi, an austere memorial near the...

2006-05-28 12:05:51

(Corrects second paragraph to read ... Yasuo Fukuda ... instead of ... Takeo Fukuda) 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. Yasuo Fukuda, widely tipped to be a candidate to succeed Koizumi when he steps down in September, is known for a relatively conciliatory attitude to China and...

2006-05-27 22:43:07

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. Takeo Fukuda, widely tipped to be a candidate to succeed Koizumi when he steps down in September, is known for a relatively conciliatory attitude to China and South Korea. Both countries suffered brutal Japanese occupation before and during World...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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