A history lesson for Koizumi – Wenran Jiang

In the Korea Herald, Wenran Jiang writes: Once again, protests against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s annual visit to the Yasukuni Shrine are breaking out in China as well as South Korea. Koizumi’s insistence on paying homage to the war dead interred at Yasukuni, where convicted war criminals from World War II are among the […]

Japanese Leader Prays at War Shrine – AP

From the AP: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi prayed at the Yasukuni war shrine Tuesday to mark Tokyo’s World War II surrender, triggering immediate protests by China and South Korea but cheering his conservative followers. It was Koizumi’s sixth visit to the shrine since taking office in 2001, but his first on the highly symbolic […]

Former Taiwan President Plans Japan Visit in Sept – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times: Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui plans to visit Japan next month, a representative of his political party said on Monday, a move likely to upset China because it sees Taiwan as a wayward province. Taiwan’s Chinese-language Liberty Times reported on Monday that Lee would visit Japan at the […]

Beijing steps up Koizumi bashing – Hisane Masaki

From Asia Times (link): With no sign of a thaw in chilly relations with Tokyo, Beijing appears to be isolating Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in a bid to discredit him and his policies. This shift in China’s Japan strategy has become increasingly evident in recent weeks and is expected to translate further into action […]

Koizumi in hot soup with China over war shrine visit – Richard McGregor

From The Financial Times: Beijing has underlined its continuing anger at Tokyo by authorising the publication of an article in an official newspaper likening the actions of Junichiro Koizumi, Japan’s prime minister, to someone who purposely eats “rat excrement”. The article in the People’s Daily, the Communist party’s mouthpiece, used the analogy to attack Mr […]

Commentary: Koizumi’s lopsided foreign policy helpless – Xinhua

From Xinhua – English: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Wednesday portrayed the Japan-US alliance as the foundation for better relations with China and South Korea. The remark, however, does not justify itself because of the current tense ties with other Asian countries. After his meeting with US President George W. Bush, Koizumi spared no effort […]

Japan Focus on 60th anniversary of end of World War II

The recent edition of Japan Focus features a number of articles concerning Japan-China relations sixty years after the end of World War II, including: Child survivor of forced mass suicide in Manchuria still loves hero who saved her By Ichikawa Miako Koizumi’s Statement on the Sixtieth Anniversary: improving or inflaming relations with China and South […]



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