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TOKYO, Aug. 21 Kyodo

---------- N. Korean delegation pays respects to late President Kim Dae Jung

SEOUL - A six-member group of North Korean special envoys, including top aides to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, paid respects Friday in Seoul to the late South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Television footage aired by YTN all-news channel showed the North Korean special envoys placing a wreath at a memorial altar set up at the National Assembly.

---------- JCP pessimistic about fundamental changes in Japan-U.S. relations

TOKYO - The leader of the Japanese Communist Party expressed his pessimism Friday about there being any fundamental changes in Japan-U.S. relations under a government led by the Democratic Party of Japan, saying the main opposition party's manifesto is based on the premise of making them closer.

Kazuo Shii, chairman of the party's Executive Committee, excluded the possibility of joining a coalition government with the DPJ even if the latter wins the Aug. 30 general election, on the grounds that the two parties differ on basic issues.

---------- Actress Sakai's husband indicted for possessing, using stimulants

TOKYO - The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office on Friday indicted the husband of popular actress Noriko Sakai for possessing and using stimulant drugs in violation of the stimulants control law, officials of the prosecutors office said.

According to the indictment, Yuichi Takaso, 41, inhaled a small amount of stimulants in the public bathroom at a park in Tokyo's Minato Ward on around Aug. 2. The prosecutors also alleged Takaso possessed some 0.817 gram of stimulants in his car parked on a street in Shibuya Ward on Aug. 3.

---------- ASEAN senior officials recommend Suu Kyi's immediate release

JAKARTA - Senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed to recommend the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Indonesian government officials said Friday.

''Basically, we would like to reiterate our position we have already made in our previous statements for the immediate release of political prisoners in Myanmar, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and for the implementation of its road map for democracy,'' Djauhari Oratmangun, director general for ASEAN Cooperation, told Kyodo News.
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