China has canceled events to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, further signaling its anger over a simmering territorial dispute.
Japanese Foreign Ministry official Hiroaki Sakamoto confirmed that China has canceled the events, planned for Thursday. He did not provide further details.
China's Xinhua News Agency, citing officials with the China-Japan Friendship Association and another government-affiliated group, reported Sunday that the events would not take place as planned. It said they would be held ''at a proper time.''
Calls to China's Foreign Ministry were not answered Sunday. In its evening broadcast, China Central Television said the timing of the events was being ''adjusted.''
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The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )