Japan - China

Chronology from Jun 2004 to Oct 2004

: Nippon Yakin Kogyo agrees to ¥21 million settlement with Chinese wartime forced laborers in Osaka High Court.

: Japanese Embassy sources report that five of 29 North Koreans who sought refuge in Japanese school on Sept. 1, left China Sept. 24 for a third country.

: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kong Quan reacts negatively to PM Koizumi’s speech at the UN seeking UN reform and a permanent seat for Japan on the Security Council.

: Lower House Speaker Kono in Beijing; meets with Wu Bangguo, head of China’s National People’s Congress, Vice President Zeng Qinghong; and President Hu Jintao.

: Democratic Party leader Ozawa Ichiro announces visit to China as honorary head of the Japan-China Business Exchange; Ozawa is accompanied by 17 young leaders of the Democratic Party; young leaders meet with Vice Premier Dai Bingguo on Sept. 20.

: Japanese press reports that Tokyo will not issue visa to Lee Teng-Hui to visit Japan this year.

: FM Kawaguchi visits China.

: During ASEAN Plus Three meeting of economic ministers, Japan’s Nakagawa meets with Chinese counterpart; views are exchanged on East China Sea natural gas exploration.

: Yabunaka Mitoji, director general for Asian and Oceanic Affairs, meets with China’s Wu Dawei to discuss North Korea issues, including up-coming six-party talks and handling of believed North Korean defectors.

: Some 29 North Korean refugees, seeking asylum, storm into Japanese high school in Beijing. Japanese Embassy assumes protective custody of the group; Prime Minister Koizumi says that Japan will deal with the issue in a “humanitarian way.”

: China awards contracts for high-speed rail modernization to consortia of Japanese, European, and Chinese companies, introduction of Japanese shinkansen technology sparks anti-Japanese protest on website of China’s Patriot Alliance.

: Tokyo Metropolitan Government approves nonprofit status for Japanese branch of Falun Gong.

: Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education approves high school text written by Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform; Chinese Foreign Ministry calls on Japan to educate youth with accurate understanding of history.

: News reports of possible Lee Teng-hui visa application and visit to Japan.

: JETRO releases trade statistics for January-June 2004; Japan’s two- way trade with China grows by 30 percent over first half of 2003.

: Taiwanese Premier Yu hyi-kun, traveling from the U.S. to Taiwan, lands in Okinawa to avoid typhoon # 17; meets with local officials while in Okinawa.  China’s Foreign Ministry (Aug. 25) blasts Taiwanese authorities for using weather as cover for political activities and expresses “grave concern” to Japan.

: Four Cabinet-level officials and 58 Diet members visit Yasukuni Shrine to mark 59th anniversary of Japan’s surrender; Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Kong calls on Japanese leaders to accurately reflect on history.

: Chairman of Japan-China Friendship Society expresses dissatisfaction with Chinese behavior during Asia Cup.

: Thirteen Chinese plaintiffs bring suit against Japanese government and Mitsubishi Material Corporation for compensation for wartime forced labor.

: Departing Chinese ambassador Wu Dawei calls at Foreign Ministry; Foreign Minister Kawaguchi raises Asia Cup disorder.

: Japan defeats China 3-1 in Asia Cup Final; anti-Japanese disorder breaks out, including damage to Japanese Embassy vehicle.

: Japanese Interagency Coordinating Committee meets at Prime Minister’s Residence to discuss EEZ-related issues.

: Chinese ships found operating without prior notification in Japan’s EEZ.

: In press conference, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Abe Masatoshi addresses Asia Cup security issues; Vice Minister Takeuchi does too with the Chinese ambassador as does FM Kawaguchi at Foreign Ministry Guest House with visiting Ka Yun of CCP Secretariat.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary addresses Asia Cup issues.

: Cyber attacks launched against Japanese government websites.

: Japan sends investigation team to China to identify artillery shell. It is identified as belonging to the Imperial Army.

: LDP Working Group on Maritime Interests calls for increase in Coast Guard personnel to protect Japan’s interests.

: Tokyo asks Beijing to take steps to protect Japanese soccer team and fans during Asia Cup tournament in China.

: Two Chinese children in Dunhua city, Jilin Province injured by chemicals leaking from abandoned artillery shell.

: Japan approves expansion of Chinese eligibility for 15-day tourist visa.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Hosoda calls for government to lodge strong protest over Chinese ships operating in Japan’s EEZ.

: Two Chinese ships found in Japan’s EEZ.

: Economics Minister Nakagawa finds Chinese ship in violation of Japan-China prior notification agreement.

: Chinese ships again sighted in Japan’s EEZ.

: Hiroshima High Court awards damages for wartime forced labor to Chinese petitioners.

: Vice FM Wang Yi calls in Japanese ambassador to protest Japanese exploration in East China Sea.

: Japanese survey activities begin in Japan’s EEZ.

: The 67th anniversary of Marco Polo Bridge Incident.

: Japanese aircraft finds Chinese maritime research ship, operating without prior notification, in Japan’s EEZ.  Japanese Embassy in Beijing asks for explanation.

: Japanese Defense Agency Defense White Paper, Defense of Japan 2004, approved by Cabinet.

: Japanese, Chinese, ROK foreign ministers meet in “Plus Three” format at ASEAN meeting in Jakarta.

: China’s Wang Yi, vice minister for foreign affairs, announced as next ambassador to Japan.

: Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Chen Guofeng calls in Japanese ambassador to protest undersea survey.

:  Aichi Prefectural Police arrest Chinese national residing in Gifu City for counterfeiting and selling foreign residency documentation.

: METI Minister Nakagawa tells reporters that Japan will survey undersea resources in the East China Sea.

: METI Minister Nakagawa tells reporters that China has failed adequately to respond to Japan’s requests for data regarding exploration of the Chunxiao natural gas field and makes clear his intention to conduct survey on the Japanese side of the demarcation line in July.

: Chinese court sentences Noguchi Takayuki, a member of Japanese NGO Life Funds for North Korean Refugees, to eight months in prison for helping North Korea refugees in China seek refuge in third countries.  Noguchi was arrested in December and will be deported upon completion of sentence in August, having been credited with time already served in custody.

: Japanese Embassy in Beijing reports Japanese experts conclude chemical weapons clean-up in Qiqihar.

: Japan Defense Agency sources report Chinese maritime research ship seen operating within Japan’s EEZ.

: Economic, Trade, and Industry Minister Nakagawa Shoichi confirms China natural gas exploration following observation from Coast Guard airplane.

: Six-party talks on North Korea in Beijing.

: Foreign ministers of China, Japan, and South Korea meet on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Qingdao.  Kawaguchi-Li, in June 21 bilateral,   take up China’s gas exploration in East China Sea.

: Japan’s Health Ministry lifts import restrictions on frozen spinach from China. In May 2003, the ministry asked Japanese companies voluntarily to restrict spinach imports from China because inspections had detected pesticide residue. In November, China responded by implementing a new inspection regime.

: Sankei Shimbun and Fuji Television report Chinese construction of a second natural gas drilling test site.

: LDP Working Group on Japan’s Maritime Interests issues report calling on government to begin exploration of natural resources on Japan side of the Japan-China EEZ border and development of a comprehensive strategy to deal with issue, including the creation of an intergovernmental committee to deal with related issues.

: LDP China Study Group is established; Kakuga Fukushi is appointed chairman of the approximately 20-member group.

: Japan communicates concern to China that construction of drilling sites for natural gas in East China Sea violates Law of the Sea Convention.

: Japan, China, and South Korea energy ministers attend joint meeting with ASEAN counterparts meet during APEC meeting in Manila to discuss energy issues.  This is the first energy ministerial of the ASEAN Plus Three.

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