• Kyodo


The city of Jilin in northeast China’s Jilin Province has converted a bilateral friendship hall financed with aid from the city of Yamagata into a hotel facility without Japanese approval, Yamagata officials said recently.

The development has prompted members of the Yamagata Municipal Assembly to call for a full refund of half of the ¥70 million construction cost the city contributed as a donation when the two cities became friends in 1983, they said.

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