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2006-01-07 22:56:01

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan should try harder to convince China that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a shrine for war dead do not glorify militarism, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, a top contender to succeed Koizumi, said on Sunday. But Abe also indicated he too might pay his respects at the shrine, seen in Beijing and Seoul as a symbol of Tokyo's past military aggression, if he became prime minister in September. Japan's ties with China and South Korea have chilled...

2006-01-03 23:45:04

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A tearful Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday rejected criticism by China and South Korea of his visits to a Tokyo war shrine, but added he was committed to developing friendly ties with Beijing and Seoul. Sino-Japanese ties have chilled markedly since Koizumi took office in 2001 and began visits to the Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals are honored along with Japan's 2.5 million war dead. Many in China and South Korea, where...

2005-12-28 03:09:00

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Wednesday he would strive to develop friendly ties with China in 2006, after a year in which relations with that country hit their lowest in decades. Long-chilly relations between Tokyo and Beijing have become fraught this year through disputes over issues mostly relating to Japan's invasion and occupation of parts of China in the early 20th century. Bilateral ties hit their worst level in decades...

2005-12-26 07:07:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese and Japanese officials held a rare one-on-one meeting in Beijing on Monday, but their discussions highlighted the rift between the two Asian powers. Masaharu Kono, a deputy vice-minister in Japan's Foreign Ministry met Qiao Zonghuai, a Chinese deputy foreign minister, to discuss Japan's proposals to overhaul the United Nations and give Japan a seat on the U.N. Security Council, China's Foreign Ministry Web site reported on Monday. China's leaders and...

2005-12-22 08:40:16

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency, triggering an angry retort from Beijing, which said his comments were "highly irresponsible." "A neighboring country has an atomic bomb and its military spending has been rising for 12 consecutive years. There is no transparency and I view that as a concern, a threat," Aso told a news conference. But a Foreign Ministry...

2005-12-21 22:28:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency. "A neighboring country has an atomic bomb and its military spending has been rising for 12 consecutive years. There is no transparency and I view that as a concern, a threat," Aso told a news conference. But a foreign ministry spokesman said Tokyo's position was that it did not see the Chinese military as a "direct threat," meaning it did...

2005-12-21 22:09:05

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a "considerable threat," Kyodo news agency reported. "A neighboring country has nuclear weapons and its military spending has been rising for 12 consecutive years. That is becoming a considerable threat," Kyodo quoted Aso as telling reporters. Long-chilly relations between Tokyo and Beijing have become fraught this year through disputes over issues mostly relating to Japan's...

2005-12-08 06:04:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday ruled out a three-way meeting with Japan and South Korea this year, because of tensions triggered by Japan's wartime past -- the first time the meeting hasn't been held in six years. The trilateral meeting was due to take place as part of a gathering of Asian leaders in Malaysia on December 14. The three countries will attend the inaugural meeting of the East Asian Summit, which grew out of annual meetings between the Association of South East...

2005-12-05 00:24:22

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi criticised China on Monday for postponing an annual summit of Japan, China and South Korea, saying Beijing cannot use his visits to a war shrine as a diplomatic card. Ties with China and South Korea have been chilled by Koizumi's annual visits to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, which they regard as a symbol of past Japanese militarism. Koizumi, who says he makes the visits to pray for peace and honor the war dead, last went in...

2005-12-04 00:32:30

BEIJING (Reuters) - An annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea scheduled for mid-December has been postponed due to "current conditions," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. The summit that was to have taken place on the sidelines of a regional conference in Malaysia had been postponed to an appropriate time due to the "current atmosphere and conditions," the ministry said on its Web site, www.fmprc.gov.cn. The statement gave no further details, saying only that...


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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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