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By Steve Holland KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush sets the tone for a four-nation Asia tour on Wednesday with a speech in Japan lauding the benefits of freedom and talks with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, his closest regional ally.
By Jon Herskovitz PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Trips by Japan's prime minister to a war shrine some say glorifies the country's militarist past should stop because they strain ties in Asia, the foreign ministers of China and South Korea said on Tuesday.
By Elaine Lies and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The light and the dark of Japan's diplomacy will be on display this week when Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi first chats cozily with his close U.S. ally and then confronts a chillier reception at an Asia-Pacific summit.
By Martin Nesirky and Lee Suwan SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president announced on Tuesday he would meet Japan's prime minister next week despite a visit by the Japanese leader to a war shrine that angered Seoul.
By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi may boast that his new cabinet is the best line-up to achieve reforms, but to Asian neighbors, the inclusion of many conservative hardliners is a sign that Tokyo is far from keen on improving strained ties.
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister will visit Japan despite anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's war shrine pilgrimage, but a South Korean official said on Monday it was too early to resurrect a presidential trip.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan struggled with little success on Tuesday to minimize the diplomatic fallout from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a Tokyo war shrine, which has outraged China and South Korea and upset domestic critics.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sought on Tuesday to minimize the diplomatic fallout from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a Tokyo war shrine, which has outraged China and South Korea and upset domestic critics.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Some 200 Japanese lawmakers paid their respects at a Tokyo shrine for war dead on Tuesday, one day after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi outraged China and South Korea by visiting the shrine, a spokesman for the shrine said.
By Linda Sieg and George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid homage on Monday at a Tokyo shrine for war dead that is viewed by critics as a symbol of Japan's militaristic past, drawing swift and angry protests from China and South Korea.
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