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Beijing Marathon Reverses Decision on Japan Runners, Kyodo Says

The organizers of the Beijing Marathon reversed a decision and will let Japanese runners take part in the event, Kyodo News reported today.

The reversal came after the Japan’s embassy in Beijing asked China’s athletic association to accept Japanese entrants in the race, Kyodo said. Kyodo reported yesterday that an unnamed runner was told by organizers that Japanese citizens weren’t qualified to participate.

Relations between Asia’s two largest economies have been strained by a dispute over uninhabited East China Sea islands both nations claim. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s September decision to buy the islands from a private owner prompted violent demonstrations in China.

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