Beijing Marathon Lifts Order to Ban Japanese Runners

Beijing Marathon which is scheduled on November 25th earlier released an order to refuse Japanese runners due to security threats. Recently, they  reversed their decision and now includes  Japanese nationalities eligible to the marathon.  What happened to the threats? I don’t know either! Let’s find out from this article:

A source at the organising committee had earlier said “If they choose other nationalities including China, Japanese can take part,” the Asahi Shimbun daily’s online edition had reported Saturday.

Japanese companies such as Canon had sponsored the annual event until last year but they did not renew their deal this year.

In Beijing, officials from the organizing committee were not immediately available to comment on the report.

The two countries have been at odds over the sovereignty of the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.

Tokyo’s nationalization of islands that are at the centre of a territorial row with Beijing sparked violent mass anti-Japan demonstrations in Chinese cities in September. Japanese nationals, businesses and diplomatic missions were targeted.


Read the full article at Japan Today. 


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