Japan PM urges China to be responsible as only 3 released

Japan’s prime minister urged China to act as a "responsible" member of the international community Friday and raised concern over its expanding maritime activity in Asia, including in disputed waters where a ship collision ignited a bitter diplomatic feud.Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s comments came after three Japanese held by China for allegedly entering a restricted military zone returned home Friday — a sign that tension between the two Asian giants was easing somewhat.Still, Kan took a serious tone in his first major policy speech to parliament since surviving a leadership challenge last month, stressing the need for Japan to adopt a more "active" diplomacy and defense policy that can deal with "uncertainty and instability that exist in areas surrounding our country."He urged China, Japan’s biggest trading partner, to act as a "responsible international community member," calling on both countries to deepen relations and promote economic cooperation to contribute to regional peace.

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