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2006-05-22 21:02:35

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's trade minister known for his close ties with China received a razor blade along with a letter in the mail, threatening him not to flatter Beijing, Japanese media said on Tuesday. Toshihiro Nikai is one of the few ministers in Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's cabinet who has personal contacts with Chinese politicians, and met Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing in February in a bid to mend frayed ties between the two countries. "Don't pander to China. You're...

2006-05-15 22:14:33

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine for the war dead are not the subject of widespread criticism among U.S. lawmakers, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday. In the latest sign of controversy over the prime minister's shrine visits, a senior U.S. lawmaker said in a letter that Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni shrine raised questions about his suitability to speak to the U.S. Congress. Japan's relations with China and...

2006-05-15 16:24:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a controversial Tokyo war shrine raise questions about his suitability to speak to the U.S. Congress, a senior American lawmaker said. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on International Relations, raised concerns about Koizumi's shrine visits in a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert in late April, a spokesman for Hyde said on Monday. "It is a letter in which the chairman does...

2006-04-27 23:46:14

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved a bill on Friday to make nurturing "love of country" an aim of education, a change sought by conservatives who want patriotism in schools but opposed by those who see parallels with militarism. The revisions -- which would be the first to the 1947 Fundamental Law of Education since it was enacted during the U.S.-led occupation -- are unlikely to be welcomed by China and South Korea, locked in disputes with Japan stemming from...

2006-04-13 20:51:27

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, seeking to improve its image among Asian neighbours who hold bitter memories of the wartime past, stressed the country's six decades of contributions to world peace in a diplomatic report issued on Friday. Japan's relations with China and South Korea have turned cold over a number of issues, many relating to Japan's invasion and occupation of much of east Asia in the first half of the 20th century. "Japan has had various complaints from surrounding...

2006-04-04 06:41:46

TOKYO (Reuters) - A top Japanese official said Japan and China differ on fundamental issues such as freedom and human rights, and added that Tokyo needs to strengthen ties with countries that share its values. But Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said in an interview with the financial daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) that Japan wants to resolve bilateral disputes with China through dialogue. "We always keep the door open. Essentially, dialogue must not be shut off," said Abe,...

2006-04-03 01:12:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday that Tokyo disagrees with Chinese President Hu Jintao's comment that visits to a Tokyo war shrine by Japan's prime minister were solely to blame for chilly ties between the two Asian nations. "We cannot accept his assertion that Japan's leader is totally to blame for the current difficult phase of the Sino-Japanese relations," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe told reporters on Monday. Sino-Japanese relations are at...

2006-04-02 01:07:26

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister signaled on Sunday there could be no immediate thaw in relations with China, saying Tokyo saw Beijing's defense build-up as a threat given its lack of transparency in military affairs. The remarks are likely to anger China just days after President Hu Jintao said he was willing to meet Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi provided Koizumi stopped visiting a war shrine Beijing considers a symbol of Tokyo's past...

2006-03-31 08:15:15

By Lindsay Beck and Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao offered to ease tensions with Japan when he met a retired Japanese leader on Friday, but said Japan's current prime minister must stop visiting a shrine honouring war criminals. Hu told former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto that "developing friendly and cooperative neighbourly relations between China and Japan is in the two countries' fundamental interests," according to a news broadcast on...

2006-03-30 01:34:26

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's education ministry sparked a protest from South Korea on Thursday by calling for school textbooks to be revised to clarify Tokyo's claim to islands disputed with South Korea and China. Changes are needed so students do not misunderstand the issue, a ministry official said. The move drew a protest from Seoul and echoes controversy over the ministry's approval last year of a history text written by nationalist scholars, which outraged both South Korea and...


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