Japan will not ask China or South Korea to hold summits on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe Meeting next month in Finland, a government source said Friday.

With China and South Korea having toughened their attitudes after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Aug. 15 visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, Japan plans to set its sights on meetings between their leaders and Koizumi’s successor, who will be elected in late September, they said.

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