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Tomiichi Murayama

Xi says China will not waive its legitimate international rights

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from left) holds a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo yesterday. Photo: AFP

Xi made the comment as relations between Beijing and Tokyo remained strained amid a territorial dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea.Xi's remarks also came as hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a high-level bilateral summit and former Japanese prime minister Tomiichi Murayama continued his China tour, meeting Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Politburo member Li Yuanchao.


Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 5:05am

Ex-ambassador Uichiro Niwa calls Japan too quick to buy Diaoyus

Former Japanese prime minister Tomiichi Murayama (centre) arrives in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Uichiro Niwa, Tokyo's former ambassador to Beijing, has criticised the Japanese government for rushing into the purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands and appealed to both China and Japan to bring the territorial row to a peaceful resolution.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:22am

Former Japanese leader Tomiichi Murayama arrives in Beijing

Former Japan prime minister Tomiichi Murayama (centre) and delegates look out of a bus after landing in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Murayama, 88, became the third senior Japanese political figure to visit China in two weeks, with both sides stepping up diplomatic efforts amid fears that armed clashes could erupt over control of the Diaoyu Islands, known as Senkakus in Japan.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Japan dismisses apology call

Japan has rejected legislators' claims it failed to apologise for war atrocities.

In a stern letter to Legco, the Consulate-General of Japan expressed concern that its position had been 'either misunderstood or wilfully ignored'.

2 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Misfortunes take toll on officialdom

EVER since the devastation of Kobe's 1994 earthquake Japan has faced increasing criticism domestically and internationally for its inability to cope efficiently with disaster.

12 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Neighbours wait in vain for tokens of contrition

It is now 51 years on and Japan still has not put the ghosts of its war years behind it.

Pride in their nation seems to make it nigh on impossible for all too many Japanese to accept that the country's acts of war were wrong, regardless of what any other country did.

16 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Murayama urges China to stop testing

JAPANESE Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama yesterday urged China to stop nuclear testing, at one of a series of bilateral meetings held in Osaka before the main APEC meeting tomorrow. China has been under fire at the APEC Forum for its nuclear tests. Japan and Australia joined New Zealand in renewing demands for China and France to stop nuclear testing.

19 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Time to tell the truth

IT is only natural that many in Asia should feel so cynical about Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's belated apology for the atrocities Japan committed during World War II.

17 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Premier places continuity ahead of innovation

CONTINUITY, rather than innovation, was the theme of Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's Cabinet reshuffle yesterday.

The revised line-up, announced after more than a week of talks between leaders of the three-party ruling coalition, included 16 new appointments out of a total of 21 posts. But the three most important positions remain unchanged.

9 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Raised voices seek apology

AS protests go, this march was not having much of an impact.

Outflanked by a relatively small press corps by more than two-to-one, lawyer Albert Ho Chun-yan led a march from Chater Garden to the Japanese Consulate in Exchange Square, barely raising an eyebrow from busy pedestrians.

5 May 1995 - 12:00am

Murayama's expressions of regret 'too late'

RESIDENTS of the little walled town by Marco Polo Bridge were unimpressed by the historic visit of Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama.

'What's he doing here?' said Mrs Liu, 74, as she sold vegetables near to where the motorcade passed.

4 May 1995 - 12:00am

Chance for generosity

JAPAN'S Prime Minister, Tomiichi Murayama, who started a visit to Beijing yesterday, faces a twofold task. First, he must seek to heal the wounds of the past, wounds inflicted by wartime atrocities and infected by the insensitivity of many Japanese politicians. Secondly, he must try to create a sound basis for developing economic ties - ties based on co-operation, not exploitation.

3 May 1995 - 12:00am

Bureaucrats rule

THE reprimands Tokyo issued to two bureaucrats yesterday highlight the unusual relationship between Japan's bureaucrats and politicians. Broadly speaking, Japanese bureaucrats govern, and the politicians implement the bureaucracy's policies.

14 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Renouncing war

JAPANESE Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama projects a simple integrity and manifest sincerity that sets him apart from many of his predecessors, with the exceptions, in recent years, of Toshiki Kaifu and Morohiro Hosokawa. When Mr Murayama expresses the desire to create a country deserving of the trust of Asia and the world, as he did yesterday, there is no reason to question his honesty.

6 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Japan to push peace effort

JAPAN will offer the hand of friendship to Hong Kong's war veterans by promoting a peace initiative in the territory to mark the 50th anniversary of World War II this year.

The Japanese Consulate yesterday confirmed it would be marking the historic time with a promotion of the Prime Minister's Peace, Friendship and Exchange initiative.

24 Jan 1995 - 12:00am