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2005-12-01 05:51:07

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hinted on Thursday it would oppose Japan's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, days before a visit by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that will address plans to reform the body. Japan's lobbying for a permanent seat on the council was one of the factors behind a wave of anti-Japanese protests in China earlier this year that were the latest manifestation of old resentments between the Asian giants over Japan's wartime aggression. "We support U.N....

2005-11-30 05:27:35

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday he was not encouraged by the way North Korea was approaching an agreement to dismantle its nuclear programmes. In his first major address since taking the post, Alexander Vershbow also said Washington was concerned by friction between Seoul and Tokyo over the Japanese prime minister's visits to a war shrine. Vershbow took over from Christopher Hill, who became the chief U.S. negotiator to...

2005-11-30 03:45:33

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japan-China-South Korea summit may be canceled for the first time in six years due to Chinese and Korean anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Japan's ties with China and South Korea have been chilled by Koizumi's annual pilgrimages 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...

2005-11-28 04:01:35

TOKYO (Reuters) - Words and actions by Japanese politicians are stalemating ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea's ambassador to Japan said on Monday, an apparent reference to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine. Japan's ties with both South Korea and China have deteriorated since Koizumi took office in 2001 and began annual pilgrimages to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, where convicted war criminals are honoured along with Japan's 2.5 million war dead. "I am...

2005-11-26 22:58:55

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister criticized China and South Korea for protesting against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine for the war dead, media reports said on Sunday. Reports quoted Foreign Minister Taro Aso as also saying that Japan should not worry about how it is viewed by other countries or whether it has become isolated. "The only countries in the world that talk about Yasukuni are China and South Korea," financial daily Nihon...

2005-11-24 02:16:15

TOKYO (Reuters) - Likening Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo war shrine to "pouring salt into an open wound," China's ambassador to Japan on Thursday urged a halt to the pilgrimages in order to thaw frigid Sino-Japanese ties. Japan's relations with China and South Korea chilled markedly after Koizumi took office in 2001 and began annual visits to the Yasukuni shrine, where 14 Class-A war criminals including wartime prime minister Hideki Tojo are honored along with...

2005-11-22 00:26:39

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is getting the cold shoulder from China, lectures from South Korea and even some advice from close ally America, but the diplomatic chill in Asia is doing the Japanese leader little harm at home. In fact, analysts say, Koizumi's "just say no" stance toward demands by Beijing and Seoul to stop visiting the Yasukuni shrine for war dead strikes a chord with the many Japanese who resent China's economic rise and are...

2005-11-19 08:20:47

By Elaine Lies PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - A top U.S. diplomat voiced frustration with Japan's strained relationship with its Asian neighbours, saying Tokyo's spats over history with China and South Korea could undercut American interests in Asia. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's appearance at the Asia-Pacific Economic (APEC) forum was clouded by the historical animosity he rekindled with his repeated visits to a shrine for war dead where convicted war criminals are also...

2005-11-17 05:18:08

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is pushing ahead with a plan to clear China of chemical weapons left behind by its retreating Imperial army after World War Two, but it may have trouble meeting a 2007 deadline, a government official said on Thursday. Scores of people in China have been injured by dumped poison gas shells in recent years, and the weapons are one of a range of war-related issues fuelling Chinese resentment of Japan. "We are doing everything in our power, but unfortunately...

2005-11-16 00:24:10

By Masayuki Kitano KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi rejected criticism that his diplomacy leans too much toward Washington at the expense of Asia, saying close U.S.-Japan ties are good for the region and the world. "There is an argument that if U.S.-Japan relations are too good, Japan could lose its direction," Koizumi told a joint news conference on Wednesday with U.S. President George W. Bush after the two leaders held talks in the western Japanese...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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