From AP, via International Herald Tribune:
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was set to visit the birthplace of the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius on Sunday to wrap up a four-day visit to China that has seen a warming of relations between the two countries.
The visit to Qufu will demonstrate “the common cultural background between the Chinese people and Japanese people,” said Japanese foreign ministry spokesman Mitsuo Sakaba.
The Japanese leader toured a Toyota plant in the industrial port city of Tianjin on Saturday after talks with China’s Premier Wen Jiabao on a range of issues, including arrangements for China’s President Hu Jintao to visit Japan in 2008 — the first such trip by a Chinese head of state in 10 years. [Full Text]