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Tokyo governor passes on Abe's goodwill message on China visit

Published on Apr 26, 2014 5:58 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Tokyo's governor said on Saturday that he had passed on a message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Chinese leaders that Mr Abe wants relations to improve, during a rare high-level visit as bilateral ties continue to sour.

Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, who was Mr Abe's favoured candidate during the governor election in February, said he delivered the message on behalf of Mr Abe to China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and former top Chinese diplomat Tang Jiaxuan.

Mr Masuzoe said Mr Wang told him in turn to pass on a message that Japanese leaders needed to both speak and act more cautiously.

The 65-year-old Masuzoe is at the end of a three-day visit to China that analysts have said had the potential to open an alternate channel of dialogue between the countries.

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