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Abe's war shrine visit sensitive issue for U.S.: ex-diplomat

A former senior U.S. diplomat has urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to consider making any more visits to a war-related shrine -- not only because the issue keeps straining bilateral relations with China and South Korea but also because it is a sensitive matter for the United States.

Today in Korean history

March 15 1919 -- Korean immigrants in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and Mexico hold separate meetings on how to support and finance the independence movement in their homeland, which was then a Japanese colony. They contributed wages from working on farms to help independence fighters operating on the Korean Peninsula and in surrounding countries, mostly China and Russia.

Japan's Abe says won't alter 1993 apology on 'comfort women'

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his government would not revise a landmark 1993 apology to women, many Korean, forced to serve in wartime military brothels, as Washington presses for better ties between its two Asian allies.

Japanese firm to win rights to pro-N. Korean group's Tokyo HQ

The Tokyo District Court will re-examine on March 20 the sole remaining valid bid for the headquarters and land in Tokyo of a pro-Pyongyang Korean residents' group, a court official said Wednesday, leading most likely to a Japanese real estate investment firm winning the estate. Marunaka Holdings, one of the two bidders in last October's auction, is expected to be declared the winner next week. In January, the court ruled invalid the only other bid -- from Avar Limited Liability Co. of Mongolia, which offered to buy the property for 5.01 billion yen.

Japanese firm to win rights to pro-N. Korean group's Tokyo HQ

The Tokyo District Court will re-examine on March 20 the sole remaining valid bid for the headquarters and land in Tokyo of a pro-Pyongyang Korean residents' group, a court official said Wednesday, leading most likely to a Japanese real estate investment firm winning the estate. Marunaka Holdings, one of the two bidders in last October's auction, is expected to be declared the winner next week. In January, the court ruled invalid the only other bid -- from Avar Limited Liability Co. of Mongolia, which offered to buy the property for 5.01 billion yen.

China's criticism of Japan leaders hurting ties "unacceptable": Suga

Japan's top government spokesman on Monday rejected China's argument that recent words and deeds of Japanese leaders have undermined bilateral relations, saying it is "totally unacceptable." "It's totally unacceptable. And it's extremely unfortunate" for Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to have made such comments, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.

China's criticism of Japan leaders hurting ties "unacceptable": Suga

Japan's top government spokesman on Monday rejected China's argument that recent words and deeds of Japanese leaders have undermined bilateral relations, saying it is "totally unacceptable." "It's totally unacceptable. And it's extremely unfortunate" for Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to have made such comments, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.

China's top diplomat says not to compromise with Japan on territory

China will not make any compromise on territorial and historical issues, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday, as there are no prospects in sight for tensions heightened for several years between Beijing and Tokyo to be defused anytime soon.

China's top diplomat denounces Japanese government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday criticized Japanese political leaders for mishandling historical issues, saying their words and deeds have run counter to the spirit that the two countries had at the time of normalizing diplomatic relations in 1972. "The current situation is not something we want to see," Wang said. "Yet recent comments and actions of Japanese leaders betrayed the spirit of 1972 and undermined the foundation of China-Japan relations."

China's top diplomat denounces Japanese government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday criticized Japanese political leaders for mishandling historical issues, saying their words and deeds have run counter to the spirit that the two countries had at the time of normalizing diplomatic relations in 1972. "The current situation is not something we want to see," Wang said. "Yet recent comments and actions of Japanese leaders betrayed the spirit of 1972 and undermined the foundation of China-Japan relations."
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