Former Japanese PM Murayama to visit Beijing today

2013-01-28 04:06:33 GMT2013-01-28 12:06:33(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
Former Japanese PM Tomiichi Murayama (file)Former Japanese PM Tomiichi Murayama (file)

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Former Japanese PM Tomiichi Murayama will arrive in Beijing Monday for a four-day visit, becoming the third senior Japanese politician to come to Beijing in half a month.

Before Murayama, Yukio Hatoyama, another Japan's former prime minister, visited China in mid-January. After meeting with Chinese officials and scholars, he urged Tokyo to acknowledge the dispute over Diaoyu Islands.

Last week, New Komeito party chief Natsuo Yamaguchi came to Beijing and delivered a handwritten letter from PM Shinzo Abe to CPC general secretary Xi Jinping.

Murayama, 89, served as the 81st Prime Minister of Japan from 30 June 1994 to 11 January 1996. He is also an honorary adviser of the Japan-China Friendship Association.

Murayama was the head of the Social Democratic Party of Japan (until 1996, the Japan Socialist Party) and the first Socialist prime minister in nearly fifty years.

He is most remembered today for his speech "On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the war's end," in which he publicly apologized for Japanese atrocities during World War II.

The former Japanese PM is expected to hold talks with senior Chinese officials.

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