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Japan’s new Foreign Minister admire President Hu Jintao, would like kids to see Terra Cotta Warriors

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Katsuya Okada and its inscription. Source: News of the World

Japan’s new Foreign Minister admire President Hu Jintao, would like kids to see Terra Cotta Warriors

A former Democratic Party secretary general of the Okada, due to its consistent adherence to the friendly policy towards China by the Japanese right-wingers labeled “pro-China” label. After taking office, this topic has been speculations. However, Okada was not too concerned about this, he has steadfastly stuck to their position.

“China advocates” how the nickname come from?

In the Yasukuni Shrine issue, Katsuya Okada has been firmly opposed to Prime Minister visit to Yasukuni Shrine. In the very sensitive between Japan and China on the Taiwan issue, he has always been firmly against “Taiwan independence.”

Time, in the Congress and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi during the debate, Okada asked Koizumi: “You After China agreed to it?” Let these words Okada won “China’s spokesperson,” the title has kept many Japanese right-wing directly to the He labeled the “pro-China” label.

Speaking of this past, Okada on the “News of the World,” told reporters: “When I was the head of the Democratic Party of the time, there have been several in Congress and in the debate on the then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the Yasukuni Shrine issue. I think that the Yasukuni Shrine where worship is the person responsible for the war, as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi as a place to go out of date, and such an act would hurt the Chinese people’s feelings. Unfortunately, my words, Koizumi never listen to. He was followed by Abe Although the ambiguous attitude of the Prime Minister, but at least he did not say going to Yasukuni, it is also indicated in his own attitude. estimated Koizumi watched a model, he also knows it is inappropriate to do that, they changed their mind it. ”

As for the “China advocates” nickname, Okada gentle smile, said: “This is my thinking through the calm after the conclusion happens to coincide with China’s claims only. Are now able to calmly look at the issue of Japanese there is an increase trend, I think it can be modest to each other’s feelings is very important. ”

“President Hu’s speech, straightforward style, and I admire”

Katsuya Okada has also visited China a total of 15 times. He said he was grateful to China’s International Liaison Department, in their assistance, he visited many places in China. Which moves him the most is the Terracotta Warriors, “I have always wondered if there is a chance I must take the children to look at Terra Cotta Warriors, Terracotta Warriors and Horses is great!”

In 2003, Okada led the Democratic Party delegation to visit China in Beijing and Chinese President Hu Jintao held an hour-long talks. That left a very long talk to Okada deep impression. His “World News” special correspondent recalled meeting scene, said: “During the talks, President Hu Jintao did not formally perfunctory, he told me the issues raised were given a positive answer, straightforward style, and I admire the speech.”

Like to go to Japan and abroad to do fieldwork in rural areas

Okada, like many Democratic veterans, all came from the largest party in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. In this regard, Okada does not duck. He said: “I stayed three years in the LDP, although it was later left, but the and the Liberal Democratic Party Gotoda Masaharu (former Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary), and Kiichi Miyazawa (Japan, former Prime Minister) has maintained a close relationship. They are very good people, from whom I learned a lot of things, unfortunately, two have passed away. ”

In 2007, as deputy representative of the Democratic Party, Okada, every day there are many civil servants to deal with. “I want to tell the vast rural areas at home and abroad to conduct field trips, listen to the views of local people.” Okada said that Japan should be more involved in Asian affairs, in the act as “the Democratic Party NGO (non-governmental organization) activities overseas forward-Parliamentary Union “President when he was August 14, 2007 in Myanmar, Cambodia to conduct a week-long visit. Visits to remote rural areas is mainly a daily commute alone is necessary to 78 hours.

Of course, the Okada’s ambitions not only assist in the non-governmental NGO activities. When the “News of the World” newspaper correspondent asked him for the inscription, the Okada Luejiasisuo later, wrote a “good time” four characters.

People

Encourage their daughters to China to plant trees

Katsuya Okada graduated from the University of Tokyo, can be admitted to the highest academic institution in Japan, Okada think it benefited from its own efforts. His “World News” special correspondent, said: “I was a child particularly like cars, then dream of growing up that when the taxi driver. Grow up, I would like to serve the public, so go when the civil service, and later began to direction to the politicians. ”

Okada is now still love to drive. Two years ago in December, he bought a car, opened nearly two years, and this has been a wall between the two after the door Ð rub. “I have good driving skills, I am just enjoying a man driving time. Accompanied by music, sailing on the way home, for me it is the best time to relax.” Okada said.

Okada has a happy family. It had been almost 27 years of marriage Okada said that apart from the first five years of marriage, the couple that they almost always lived in two places. His wife, a man in his hometown, it is necessary to take care of their children, but also for his political activities after the busy busy before. In Okada’s eyes, his wife quietly paid for the child to her husband a lot, “is a very admirable woman.”

In April 2007, Okada’s wife take the kids to move to Tokyo, they are a five finally reunited. Okada said: “The whole family living together is the most natural. However, my wife said I was at home when the kids are very nervous.” Okada family’s three children have no political intention, but I also Okada Politicians do not encourage children to do. But talking about children, Okada still inadvertently showing love. He said: “Last year, my eldest daughter to go to China, in Xi’an, near the tree-planting busy for a week and come back in the harsh environment that popular exercise, the child’s broad vision, which is good thing.”

The children have grown up, Okada’s wife has also been the idea to work again. She was once a medical doctor, worked at home hospice care as a volunteer. Moved to Tokyo, Okada’s wife is preparing to gradually resume the work of doctors, Okada very supportive of this. (Song to see)

Journalist’s notes

“As a politician, I never gifts”

In 2007, Katsuya Okada also accept the “News of the World,” an interview, his office was the most eye-catching is the one to write a “love” word of the banner. Okada said: “Sun Yat-sen lived and studied in Japan. The banner is his mother’s home, then spend the night in my left behind. Many Japanese media interviews I would have asked me in front of camera.” There’s speculation that the banner of the Century the above history. Okada said humorously: “Then I showed appreciation program identified about it.” After the laughter, he added seriously: “This is borrowed from my brother, he inherited the family business, when this is to returned to him. ”

In addition to banners, Mr. Okada’s Office, the assortment of frog ornaments also make it difficult to non-compelling: office windowsill is packed with all kinds of frogs, several desk there is also only 10. So many frogs, an outsider looking feel dizzy, could recognize himself, Mr. Okada is quite clear. He said: “When I go abroad, will find in various places of local characteristics of frog ornaments.” Then, he hand off from one an introduction, “This is my last week visit to Cambodia and Myanmar to find the time , that is only bought in Xi’an, China, as well as that is … … “Mr. Okada clearly remember each frog” nationality “and their” Chu Shi “days.

To see if he is so fond of, the reporter asked to test, there should be a lot of people tried to bar the frog when the gift on his arrival. Unexpectedly, Mr. Okada said: “I never received a gift, even birthday gifts, Valentine’s Day chocolate, I do not close. As a politician, someone will send a variety of things to me, I enact the rule is: not and will not close. ”

40-minute interview, Okada always maintain upright posture, until the reporter’s request for photographs, he was solemnly stood up. Done taking photographs, he took one look, said: “This stance is not good, stomach is coming out, I re-point.”

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Stephen Lawrence: Gary Dobson and David Norris to be sentenced

Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty by an Old Bailey jury after a trial based on forensic evidence.
They will be sentenced as juveniles because they were under 18 at the time of the attack, which happened in south-east London in April 1993.Police say the investigation could be reopened if new evidence emerges.
Dobson, 36, and Norris, 35, can expect to receive sentences considerably shorter than would an adult convicted of the same crime under today’s laws.The BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Matt Prodger says they could serve minimum prison terms of around 12 years each.
Scientists found a tiny bloodstain on Dobson’s jacket that could only have come from Mr Lawrence. They also found a single hair belonging to the teenager on Norris’s jeans.
Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, who ordered the 2006 cold case review that led to the convictions, acknowledged that police believe there were five people involved in the murder, but there are currently no “live” lines of inquiry.
“If there was an opportunity to bring the other people who were involved in that night to justice, we would do so,” she said.
Give up others’
In a statement read by his lawyer outside the Old Bailey on Tuesday, Stephen’s father, Neville Lawrence, said the convictions were a moment of joy and relief – but he could not rest until all of those who killed his son were brought to justice. He described the investigation and preparation of the case as “faultless”.
He later told Channel 4 News: “I’m praying that these people now realise that they’ve been found out and say to themselves, ‘yes I did this awful deed, but I wasn’t alone in that action that night and there are other people also guilty of what I’ve done’ and name them.
“I hope before the sentence is passed, they will talk and give the rest of these people that killed my son up.”In an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Panorama, Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence said: “I don’t forgive the boys who killed Stephen. They don’t think they have done anything wrong.
“They took away Stephen’s life and there is nothing in their behaviour or anything to show they regret what their actions have done and the pain it has caused us as a family.”Prime suspects’
The original failed investigation into the murder led to the Metropolitan Police being branded as institutionally racist.
Stephen Lawrence was 18 when he was stabbed to death near a bus stop in Eltham, south east London, in April 1993.
Police identified five men who were later named in a damning public inquiry as the “prime suspects”.
By that time, there had already been a catalogue of police errors and two failed prosecutions, one brought by Stephen’s parents.

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Iran nuclear crisis: Sanctions ‘beginning to bite’

Iran nuclear crisis: Sanctions ‘beginning to bite’

The US has said threats by Iran to restrict Gulf shipping in the event of further sanctions shows international pressure is having an effect.

The State Department said sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme were starting to bite and that Iran was trying to create a distraction.

Iran has conducted 10 days of exercises near the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz, test-firing several missiles.

Its currency is at a record low, but it has denied sanctions are to blame.

The UN Security Council has already passed four rounds of sanctions against Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment.

Highly enriched uranium can be processed into nuclear weapons, but Iran denies Western charges that it is trying to develop them.

Tehran says its programme is peaceful – it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity to meet growing domestic demand.The US has also sanctioned dozens of Iranian government agencies, officials and businesses over the nuclear programme.

The government in Tehran has dismissed the latest measures announced in the wake of a critical IAEA report in November.

US President Barack Obama signed into law the US bill targeting Iran’s central bank on Saturday. It enters into force in six months’ time.

Since then, however, the Iranian national currency, the rial, has lost about 12% of its value – trading at about 17,200-18,000 rials to $1.

Earlier on Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called for “stricter sanctions” and urged EU countries to follow the US in freezing Iranian central bank assets and imposing an embargo on oil exports.
‘Mock’ exercises

Speaking to journalists, the State Department’s Victoria Nuland said Tehran was feeling increasingly isolated because of the sanctions.

“Frankly we see these threats from Tehran as just increasing evidence that the international pressure is beginning to bite there and that they are feeling increasingly isolated and they are trying to divert the attention of their own public from the difficulties inside Iran, including the economic difficulties as a result of the sanctions,” she said.

Meanwhile Pentagon spokesman George Little responded to Iranian warnings to keep an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf, saying the Navy was operating within international law and had no plans to pull warships out of the region.Iran has been holding a series of naval exercises in the Gulf, and on Monday

said it had successfully test-fired a surface-to-sea Qader cruise missile, a shorter range Nasr and later, a surface-to-surface Nour missile.

A medium-range surface-to-air missile was successfully launched on Sunday, Iranian media reported.

Iran has conducted 10 days of exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world’s traded oil passes.

Tehran said on Monday that “mock” exercises on shutting the strait had been carried out, although there was no intention of closing it.

The BBC’s Iran correspondent James Reynolds says Iran is using the exercises to try to show that it owns the Gulf and has the military capability to defend against any threat to its dominance.

But, says our correspondent, few believe Iran would carry out its threat to shut the Strait of Hormuz as to do so would be considered too economically, politically and possibly militarily damaging for Tehran.

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