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TOKYO, Dec. 22 Kyodo

---------- Carter wishes Kim Jong Un well: N. Korean media

BEIJING - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has wished Kim Jong Un success in taking over North Korea's leadership from his recently deceased father Kim Jong Il, the country's official media reported Thursday.

Carter, who has visited North Korea a number of times to try and mend fractured Washington-Pyongyang ties, also ''extended condolences to Kim Jong Un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong Il,'' the Korean Central News Agency report said.

---------- N. Korea to accept condolences by former S. Korean 1st lady, Hyundai chair

SEOUL - North Korea told South Korea on Thursday it would accept condolence visits by the widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung and also the widow of Hyundai Group former Chairman Chung Mon Hun to pay respects to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who died Saturday, the South's Unification Ministry said.

North Korea notified the South of its position on their visit by land via a Red Cross channel at the truce village Panmunjeom earlier Thursday, the ministry said.

---------- Japan expands freeze on Syrian assets

TOKYO - Japan on Thursday expanded its asset freeze on Syrian people and organizations as the Arab country continues to use force against civilians, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said.

The new freeze will be applied to the assets of three individuals having close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six organizations, including the Real Estate Bank and Scientific Studies and Research Center, according to the Foreign Ministry.

---------- Noda to visit India Dec. 27-29

TOKYO - Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will make a three-day visit to India from next Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Thursday.

Noda and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will aim to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields as the two nations next year mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, Fujimura said at a news conference.

---------- Gemba cancels talks planned for next week in Thailand, Cambodia

TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Thursday he has decided to cancel his plan to have official talks next week in Thailand and Cambodia, as he needs to deal with the unfolding situation in the wake of the sudden death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

The decision was made ''in light of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's order to take all possible measures under the current circumstances,'' Gemba said at a news conference.

---------- Toshiba, IHI develop mobile radiation-tainted water treatment system

YOKOHAMA - Toshiba Corp. and IHI Corp. said Thursday they have developed a mobile system for the treatment of water contaminated with radiation outside of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The SARRY-Aqua system to reduce radioactive cesium operates in a container that can be loaded on a trailer and transported to contaminated reservoirs or swimming pools to treat water on the spot.

---------- U.S. congratulates Japanese emperor on 78th birthday

TOKYO - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has congratulated Japanese Emperor Akihito on his 78th birthday that falls on Friday, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Thursday.

''On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States I am delighted to send best wishes to His Imperial Majesty on his 78th birthday...and I congratulate the people of Japan as you celebrate your national day,'' Clinton said in a statement.
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