Japan - China
Chronology from Jul 2003 to Oct 2003
: Tokyo district court awards ¥190 million in compensation to group of Chinese claiming injury from chemical weapons abandoned in China by the Imperial Army at the end of World War II.
: Tokyo District Court rules in favor of Chinese seeking compensation for exposure to poison gas incidents in 1972, 1982, 1995.
: 400 Japanese reported to have participated in two-day orgy with Chinese prostitutes in city of Zhuhai.
: JAL and ANA announce post-SARS increase in weekly flights to China.
: Minister for Reform suggests that China’s lack of appreciation for Japan’s ODA efforts is cause for reconsideration of China ODA program.
: Wu Bangguo travels to Japan, meets with PM Koizumi and leaders of Japan’s opposition parties.
: APEC finance ministers meet in Phuket, Thailand. Finance Minister Shiokawa is unable to attend and replaced by Vice Minister for International Affairs Mizoguchi Zenbe.
: Ishiba meets with China’s Minister of Defense Cao Gangchuan.
: Japanese Foreign Ministry officials travel to Beijing to resolve chemical weapons issue.
: PLA officer enrolls in Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies.
: Japan’s Defense Minister Ishiba Shigeru visits China.
: North Koreans detained in Shanghai on Aug. 11 deported from China.
: Former LDP Secretaries General Nonaka and Koga meet with State Councilor (and former foreign minister) Tang Jiaxuan to discuss upcoming six-party talks in Beijing and to ask China’s help in resolving the abductee issue. Tang also used the occasion to convey China’s indignation over the poison gas incident in Heilongjiang.
: Japan expresses condolences on death of construction worker.
: Chinese victim of chemical weapons exposure dies.
: Sankei Shimbun reports that China has inquired about PLA officer attending classes at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies.
: Five members of Koizumi Cabinet visit Yasukuni Shrine.
: FM Li meets with secretaries general of three ruling parties.
: FM Li meets with PM Koizumi.
: Japanese NGO reports arrest in Shanghai of Japanese national working to support North Korean refugees planning to seek asylum in Japanese Consulate.
: Fukuda meets with Premier Wen.
: China’s FM Li meets with FM Kawaguchi in Japan.
: Japan dispatches survey team to Qiqichar chemical weapons site.
: Chief Cabinet Secretary Fukuda meets President Hu Jintao in Beijing.
: Fukuda meets with Wu Bangguo.
: China requests Japan to take appropriate actions to deal with chemical weapons injuries.
: ASEAN Plus Three finance ministers meet in Manila, Philippines.
: Japan’s minister of transportation travels to China to plug shinkansen technology.
: Thirty-six workers injured at construction site in Qiqichar, Heilongjiang Province as a result of chemical weapons abandoned in China by the Imperial Army.
: Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Japanese parliamentary delegation of the Japan-China Friendship League in the Great Hall of the People. Discussion focuses on North Korea.
: Japanese and Chinese economic ministers meet in Dalian, China to discuss trade-related matters in the context of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
: China’s Foreign Ministry “corrects” Eto’s statement.
: LDP faction leader Eto Takemi denies Nanjing massacre.
: Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress, meets delegation from the Japan-China Friendship Association.
: Japanese and Chinese finance ministers meet at Bali, Indonesia to discuss formation of an Asia regional bond market.