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2006-03-30 01:00:00

TOKYO -- A group of 40 Chinese who say they were wounded or lost relatives as a result of Japanese bombing of the city of Chongqing before and during World War Two filed a suit against the Japanese government on Thursday. The plaintiffs, mostly in their 70s and 80s, want an apology and 10 million yen ($84,920) each in compensation, Kyodo news agency and other media reported. The plaintiffs say the repeated bombings of the southwestern Chinese city, formerly known as Chungking, between 1938...

2006-03-27 05:19:39

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - China's growing military strength and its tense relationship with Taiwan are major destabilizing factors in East Asia, according to a strategy report issued on Monday by a think tank affiliated with Japan's Defense Ministry. Ties between Japan and China are at their worst state in decades, strained by disputes including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine. Beijing sees the shrine as a symbol of Japan's past...

2006-03-08 02:46:35

TOKYO (Reuters) - The leader of South Korea's main opposition party on Wednesday urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi before he leaves office later this year to resolve historical and territorial issues that have strained bilateral ties, media said. Ties with South Korea have been chilled over Koizumi's repeated visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by Seoul as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun last week urged Japan to stop all...

2006-02-28 21:48:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun urged Japan on Wednesday to stop all actions that put its apology for its past war of aggression in doubt, saying Tokyo's neighbors were justifiably upset. Japan's ties with South Korea and China have been strained over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni war shrine and cabinet members' comments that critics say justify and embellish Japan's war of aggression. "Japan has already apologized," Roh said in a speech...

2006-02-22 07:26:31

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao criticised Japanese leaders' visits to a Tokyo war shrine at a meeting on Wednesday with Japan's trade minister that Tokyo had hoped would smooth ruffled ties, Kyodo news agency said. Bilateral relations have sunk to their lowest point in decades on a range of issues from a scramble for influence and energy to territorial disputes, but mostly over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni war shrine, which China sees as a...

2006-02-22 04:27:26

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japanese Trade Minister Toshihiro Nikai and his Chinese counterpart Bo Xilai reached some minor agreements on Wednesday but made no progress on the crucial issue of a controversial Tokyo war shrine, Kyodo news agency said. Nikai met Bo ahead of talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan, the highest-level direct exchange between Japanese and Chinese leaders in months. China-Japan relations have sunk to their lowest point in decades on...

2006-02-22 02:48:30

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japanese Trade and Economics Minister Toshihiro Nikai met his Chinese counterpart, Bo Xilai, on Wednesday, but there was no word of progress in efforts to soothe tension between the two nations. China-Japan relations have been troubled by a range of issues from a scramble for influence and energy to territorial disputes, but mostly by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine China sees as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. Chinese and...

2006-02-22 02:02:01

By Takanori Isshiki MATSUE, Japan (Reuters) - Japan vowed on Wednesday to make cool-headed efforts to resolve a simmering territorial dispute with South Korea over two rocky islets midway between the Asian neighbours. In a move likely to anger Seoul, a local government in western Japan was set to hold a ceremony to mark its "Takeshima Day" later on Wednesday. The tiny islands, located about the same distance from the mainland of Japan and South Korea, are known as Tokto in Korean...

2006-02-09 08:13:13

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government's top spokesman on Thursday criticized as "inappropriate" a Chinese official's comments about Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a day before bilateral official level talks were set to begin in Tokyo. Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan told a Japanese ruling party lawmaker in Beijing on Wednesday that relations between the Asian neighbors stood little chance of improving while Koizumi remains in office, Kyodo news agency reported....

2006-02-09 01:05:54

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government's top spokesman on Thursday criticized as "inappropriate" a Chinese official's comments about Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a day before bilateral official level talks were set to begin in Tokyo. Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan told a Japanese ruling party lawmaker in Beijing on Wednesday that relations between the Asian neighbors stood little chance of improving while Koizumi remains in office, Kyodo news agency reported. "That is...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.