China first on Japanese leader's travel plans
Japan's new prime minister, Naoto Kan, will visit Shanghai on Saturday on his first overseas visit in that role, the website of the People's Daily reports.
Kan would visit Japan's World Expo site and also go to Beijing to meet President Hu Jintao , the news website said.
Professor Guo Dingping, of Fudan University in Shanghai, said Kan's visit was a good thing because of his friendly attitude towards China and was a 'significant, welcomed measure'. 'He's always been friendly to China and attaches importance to the ties between the two countries,' Guo said.
'Right now is an essential opportunity for him to do some substantial things to benefit Sino-Japanese relations.
'That is because he has been thinking about improving relations for many years and he has domestic public support at present.'