Head of Japan coalition partner postpones China visit at China’s request

TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of Japan’s Komeito party, the junior partner in the coalition government, will postpone his planned visit to China at China’s request, the party announced on Saturday.

Natsuo Yamaguchi was planning to visit China from August 28 to 30 in hopes of meeting China’s President Xi Jinping and to hand over a personal letter from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

However, the Chinese side on Saturday informed Komeito that “the timing is not appropriate considering the current situation of Japan-China relations”, the party said in a statement.

The party “hopes to readjust the appropriate timing of the visit in the future,” it said.

(Reporting by Mariko Katsumura; editing by Jason Neely)

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