FOCUS: Complex politics surround Chinese hero with Japanese roots
XIAMEN, China - A massive stone figure stands guard over the island of Gulangyu, just a few hundred meters off the coast of the southern Chinese port city of Xiamen.
Ask any of the city's cab drivers about the statue, and they'll tell you it's the Chinese folk hero Zheng Chenggong, the man who, in the mid-17th century, sailed a massive navy to Taiwan to liberate it from Dutch imperialists.
Japan's key bond yield rises to 0.535%
TOKYO - The yield on the bellwether 10-year Japanese government bond finished higher Friday on selling following a drop in U.S. bond prices the previous day.
The yield on the No. 335, 0.5 percent issue, the main yardstick of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.535 percent, up 0.010 percentage point from Thursday's close.
Industry minister Obuchi to visit stricken Fukushima plant
TOKYO - Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi said Friday she will visit the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Sunday to get a firsthand look at and plan future efforts to deal with the stricken reactors.
"I would first observe on the spot the efforts to terminate the accident, which will be key to Fukushima's reconstruction, to be able to take measures against (reactor) decommissioning and contaminated water," she told reporters as head of the ministry in charge of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Britain urges "genuine democracy" in H.K. amid spat with China
HONG KONG - Britain has reiterated its desire to see Hong Kong's people have a "genuine choice" in election of their leaders, amid a spat with China over political development in the former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
"While we recognize that there is no perfect model, the important thing is that the people of Hong Kong have a genuine choice and a real stake in the outcome," the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement issued Thursday in London.
Abe to up security, economic ties with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to strengthen Japan's security and economic cooperation with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka when he meets with their leaders during a three-day trip from Saturday.
Abe and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold talks Saturday in Dhaka to advance the comprehensive bilateral partnership they agreed to launch in their last meeting in May, covering security, trade, investment and personnel exchanges, Japanese officials said.
Man who had not recently visited Yoyogi Park confirmed to have dengue
TOKYO - A man who had not recently visited Yoyogi Park nor traveled abroad has been confirmed to be infected with the dengue virus, the government said Friday.
All the other 67 people in Japan recently confirmed to be infected with dengue had spent time in or around Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, according to the health ministry.