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A Chinese vice premier told Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu in 1990, one year after the Tiananmen Square massacre, that he had directly asked the emperor to visit China, according to a Japanese diplomatic document declassified Wednesday.

In November that year, then-Chinese Vice Premier Wu Xueqian made a trip to Japan to attend the Sokuirei Seiden no Gi ceremony proclaiming Emperor Akihito’s ascension to the chrysanthemum throne.

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