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Japan, China mark normalization of diplomatic ties

Jiji Press

Former House of Representatives Speaker Yohei Kono speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China.

Jiji Press BEIJING (Jiji Press) — A ceremony to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday with participation by ruling party members and other officials of the two countries.

Such a normalization anniversary event took place in Beijing for the first time in 10 years.

Among the Japanese attendants, Yohei Kono, former speaker of the House of Representatives, said, “I strongly feel that further efforts are needed to move forward bilateral relations.”

Held by friendship associations in Japan and China, the ceremony brought together about 300 people.

The Japanese attendants included former Home Affairs Minister Takeshi Noda of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, now head of the Japan-China Friendship Association.

From China, Wang Chen, vice chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, took part along with other officials.Speech

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