Japan - China
Chronology from Jun 2007 to Oct 2007
: Fukuda succeeds Abe as prime minister.
: Minister of Defense Komura announces that Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force will send two observers to attend PLA exercises Sept. 24-25.
: LDP elects Fukuda party president, succeeding Abe.
: Candidates Fukuda and Aso hold joint press conference at Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan; Japan’s War Bereaved Families Association announces support for Fukuda.
: Seventy-sixth anniversary of the Manchurian Incident with anti-Japanese protests in Shenyang.
: Jia opens the Ninth World Convention of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Kobe.
: Fukuda Yasuo announces candidacy to succeed Abe as president of the LDP.
: Jia Qinglin visits Japan and meets LDP Secretary General Aso, Democratic Party of Japan head Ozawa, and LDP General Council Chairman Nikai.
: Abe resigns as prime minister.
: PM Abe and President Hu meet on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in Sydney.
: Foreign Ministers Yang and Aso meet in Manila.
: Naval forces from Japan, Singapore, India, Australia, and the U.S. conduct exercises in the Bay of Bengal.
: China’s Defense Minister Cao arrives in Japan.
: Maebashi District Court dismisses suit brought by a Chinese national seeking compensation for wartime forced labor.
: China’s Defense Minister Cao visits Japan and meets Minister of Defense Komura, FM Machimura and PM Abe.
: Sankei Shimbun reports that a former Japanese trading company executive was involved in Chinese effort to obtain confidential defense information regarding U.S.-Japan defense missile defense research.
: Former Japanese PM Mori meets in Beijing with Jia Qinglin, fourth ranking member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo.
: Abe meets son of late Indian judge Pal, who served on the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.
: Agriculture and Environment Minister Wakabayashi meets Premier Wen to discuss bilateral cooperation. He also meets Chinese counterpart Zhou Shengxian and offers technology assistance to deal with China’s greenhouse gas emissions.
: JETRO releases trade figures for the first half of 2007.
: Abe meets India’s Prime Minister Singh and addresses Indian Parliament. The speech calls for cooperation among Asia’s democracies.
: Kyodo News Service reports that China has informally decided to name Assistant Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai as the next ambassador to Japan.
: Hong Kong government authorities revoke the license of ship chartered by a private group planning to land on the Senkaku Islands.
: PM Abe does not visit Yasukuni Shrine on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender at end of World War II. One Cabinet minister and 46 Diet members visit the shrine, as does former Prime Minister Koizumi.
: PM Abe makes a private votive lantern offering at a memorial service at the Yasukuni Shrine.
: China’s Vice FM Wu meets in Beijing with Japan’s former Finance Minister Tanigaki. The talks center on the progress of Six-Party Talks.
: China for first time publishes seven volumes containing the names of victims and survivors of the Nanjing massacre.
: The Chinese Foreign Ministry protests the playing of Taiwan’s national anthem during the Asian men’s basketball tournament held in Tokushima, Japan.
: Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Committee Luo Haocai meets in Beijing with former Japanese Prime Minister Hata.
: Foreign Ministers Yang and Aso meet during ASEAN meetings in Manila. They discuss food safety and East China Sea.
: The LDP suffers an historic defeat in the Upper House election, Abe vows not to resign.
: A government-private interest group conference on the safety of Japanese imports.
: Tokyo High Court reverses a lower court ruling and rejects damages awarded to Chinese plaintiffs seeking compensation for injuries suffered from weapons abandoned in China by the Imperial Army.
: A senior official of Beijing organizing committee expresses hope that Japanese emperor will attend the 2008 Olympics.
: Seventieth anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident.
: Japan releases its defense White Paper, Defense of Japan 2007.
: Abe government establishes a new maritime ministry.
: Japan’s Foreign Ministry awards first prize in manga competition to a Hong Kong cartoonist.
: Sapporo High Court rejects an appeal from Chinese laborers seeking compensation for wartime forced labor.
: Kyodo News reports that Song Il-ho, the North Korean ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan, said that Pyongyang did not see the point of holding bilateral talks when Japan does not have the right attitude.
: Japanese and Chinese diplomats meet in Tokyo on East China Sea issues.
: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passes the Honda Resolution (HR. 121) by a vote of 39-2.
: U.S. House Resolution 121 passes the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling for the Japanese government to formally apologize for the “comfort women” issue. The bill moves to a full House vote.
: North Korea announces that it is ready to fulfill their part of the Feb. 13 six-party agreement and allow in International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors.
: Tokyo High Court rejects suit by war displaced Japanese women seeking state compensation for inadequate government support/delayed resettlement from China.
: Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reports that North Korea fired one short-range missile into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula.
: Mainichi Shimbun reports that Shigeie Toshinori, ambassador in charge of Okinawa, has been named Japan’s new ambassador to South Korea.
: President Hu meets former Prime Minister Nakasone and members and families of Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation.
: Council to Consider the Future of Japan and History Education labels Nanjing Massacre a fabrication.
: ROK Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy announces that the government will help small-and medium-sized firms advance into the Japanese market to counter the trade deficit with Japan created by the fall in the won-yen exchange rate.
: Sankei Shimbun reports plan to shelve boundary issues in East China Sea and focus on joint development.
: Japan and South Korea sign oil sharing agreement to support each other in the event of supply disruptions.
: Tokyo District Court rules against the pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon to repay ¥62.7 billion in debts to the government-backed Resolution and Collection Corp.
: South Korea’s LG files a counter-suit with the District Court in Texas, against Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. Hitachi sued LG in April alleging that LG infringed its plasma display-related patents.
: Tokyo and Seoul hold EEZ talks but fail to come to an agreement.
: Family of North Korean defectors arrives in South Korea after two weeks of custody in Japan.
: District Courts in Sapporo and Koichi reject suits brought by war displaced Japanese seeking state compensation for inadequate government support/delayed resettlement from China.
: Japan’s Supreme Court rejects appeal filed by Chinese wartime forced laborers seeking compensation; judgment reaffirms Tokyo High Court June 2006 ruling against plaintiffs on grounds that 20 year statute of limitations had expired.
: Members of the LDP, Democratic Japanese Party, independents, professors, political commentators, and journalists place a counter advertisement “The Facts” in the Washington Post in response to the advertisement “The Truth About Comfort Women” placed April 26.
: A full page advertisement in the Washington Post – running under the header “The Facts” – is taken out by Japanese Diet members and commentators, disputing claims that Japan engaged in “forceful coercion” of “comfort women.”
: Mainichi Shimbun reports that Ministry of Defense is considering appointment of uniformed SDF officer to Japan’s Taiwan Interchange Association.
: Nihon Keizai Shimbun reports Beijing and Tokyo in final stages of coordination for September visit of China Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan.
: South Korean Navy launches its second 1,800-ton submarine Jeong Ji.
: Bank of Korea reports South Korea’s economic growth was lower than most Asian competitors during the first quarter due to a stronger Korean currency and high oil prices.
: The second Korea-China-Japan Industrial Fair takes place for the in Gyeonggi Province, Korea.
: Yamaha Motors announces ¥100 million award in trademark infringement suit brought in Chinese courts.
: Abe and President Hu meet in Germany during G-8 Summit.
: Japan, China, and ROK Foreign Ministers meet in South Korea; a first time event outside an ASEAN Plus Three, ARF, or international conference context.
: FMs of Japan, South Korea, and China meet in Jeju and agree to launch regular shuttle flights connecting the three countries.
: Four North Korean defectors arrive in Japan’s Fukaura port by boat with an aim to reach South Korea. They are put in protective custody for two weeks.