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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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