Akihito set for China visit

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The Independent Online
TOKYO (Reuter) - The Japanese Prime Minister, Kiichi Miyazawa, has decided to go ahead with a controversial visit to China by Emperor Akihito this year despite right-wing opposition, ruling party officials said yesterday.

'I would like to ask the emperor to visit China at a time when all Japanese people can see him off with joy,' one official quoted Mr Miyazawa as telling the four-member executive board of the ruling Liberal Democractic Party. The visit, the first by a Japanese monarch, will mark 20 years of diplomatic relations with Peking.