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TOKYO, Aug. 31 Kyodo

---------- Aso says he will step down as LDP president

TOKYO - Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday he will resign as president of the Liberal Democratic Party to take the blame for the party's historic defeat in Sunday's general election.

The LDP will hold a presidential election on Sept. 28 to pick a new party leader, party Secretary General Hiroyuki Hosoda said the same day.

---------- Kamei to replace Watanuki as PNP leader following election

TOKYO - Veteran lawmaker Shizuka Kamei will replace Tamisuke Watanuki as leader of the People's New Party, which plans to join a ruling coalition to be led by the Democratic Party of Japan, party officials said Monday.

Watanuki has expressed intention to resign following his party's setback and the loss of his seat in Sunday's House of Representatives election.

---------- ACCJ welcomes 'historic' election outcome, to work with new gov't

TOKYO - The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan welcomed Monday the ''historic'' outcome of Sunday's general election in which the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan scored a landslide victory over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

ACCJ President Thomas Whitson said in a statement that the organization will work with the new DPJ-led administration to further strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries.

---------- S. Korea president Lee sends congratulation to Hatoyama

SEOUL - South Korean President Lee Myung Bak sent a congratulatory message Monday to Yukio Hatoyama, head of the Democratic Party of Japan, after his party's landslide general election victory, calling for an ''unshakable and mature partnership'' between the two neighboring countries.

''I expect to have a close cooperation on developing relations between Korea and Japan to an unshakable and mature partnership,'' Lee was quoted by presidential spokeswoman Kim Eun Hye as saying in his message.

---------- Fighting near Myanmar-China border ends, China keeps order in Yunnan

YANGON - Myanmar's junta announced late Sunday night via state media the end of recent clashes between government troops and ethnic Kokang militiamen near the border with China in northeastern Shan state that had caused up to 30,000 ethnic Chinese to flee to China.

Meanwhile, China sent its public security chief to Yunnan Province, which borders Myanmar, to maintain order after two Chinese nationals were killed and 15 injured in the conflict, a Chinese newspaper reported Monday.

---------- 1st Kabuki performance in Monaco set for Sept. 16-19

TOKYO - Ichikawa Danjuro will lead a group of Kabuki actors, designers and other artists in the first performance of the Japanese drama form in Monaco on Sept. 16-19, organizers said Monday.

Shochiku Co. said members of the Kabuki troupe will also include Nakamura Tokizo and Ichikawa Ebizo, Danjuro's eldest son.
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