Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' Baosteel Emotion unloads iron ore at a port in China's Zhejiang province on April 22. (Kentaro Koyama)
Mitsui O.S.K. pays 4 billion yen to retrieve ship seized in China
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. has paid 4 billion yen ($39.1 million) to Chinese authorities to settle a 1930s contract dispute and secure the release of its ship, the Shanghai Maritime Court said April 24.
Marubeni says Chinese authorities detain three staff at grain unit
TOKYO/ BEIJING--Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp's grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the Japanese trading house said on April 24, a move sources told Reuters was prompted by allegations the unit evaded taxes on soy bean imports.
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe during an inspection tour of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Abe hopeful Tokyo governor's Beijing visit will help mend ties with China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a visit to Beijing by Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe to pave the way for an upturn in Japan’s soured relations with China.
A memorial hall for anti-Japanese independence activist An Jung-geun at Harbin station in Heilongjiang province. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Visitors flock to China memorial to Japanese official's assassin
BEIJING--A memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official more than a century ago has drawn a flood of visitors since it opened in China in January despite Japanese criticism.
The Baosteel Emotion, a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines iron ore carrier, which has been seized by the Shanghai Maritime Court (Provided by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.)
INSIGHT: China says seizure of Mitsui ship unrelated to wartime compensation
BEIJING--Beijing said a court’s seizure of a Japanese ship was related to a contract dispute, not wartime compensation, indicating that China does not intend to use the case to exert diplomatic pressure on Japan.
The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pacific accord on maritime code could help prevent conflicts
QINGDAO, China--More than 20 countries with interests in the western Pacific signed up to a framework maritime communication deal on April 22 in what could be a step toward ensuring that miscommunication between naval vessels does not develop into a conflict.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANALYSIS: China's thorny state enterprise overhaul quietly moves forward
BEIJING--Far from the spotlight, in secretive high-level meetings and company boardrooms, Beijing is drawing up one of the country's thorniest reforms: an overhaul of China's hugely inefficient state-owned industry.
The Baosteel Emotion, a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines iron ore carrier, which has been seized by the Shanghai Maritime Court (Provided by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.)
Shanghai court seizes Japanese ship over unpaid wartime compensation
BEIJING--A Japanese iron ore carrier has been seized by the Shanghai Maritime Court in a Chinese port after its owner failed to respond to a compensation order stemming from a 1930s wartime contractual dispute.
Armed Chinese policemen stand guard at the Kunming Railway Station after the violent terrorist attack in Kunming city, southwest Chinas Yunnan province, 1 March 2014. (AP Photo)
Chinese police begin carrying guns during patrols
SHANGHAI--A quarter of the police in Shanghai began carrying guns during routine patrols for the first time this week as part of a China-wide boost in police firepower following a deadly mass knifing blamed on Xinjiang separatists.
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting
SHANGHAI--The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on April 20, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders.
A robotics assembly plant operated by a Japanese company in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first 3 months
BEIJING--China’s Commerce Ministry said direct investments by Japanese companies in the January-March period tumbled by 47.2 percent from the same period last year due to the strained relations between the two nations.
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during their meeting in Tokyo on March 28 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing invites Tokyo governor for first time in 18 years
With Japan’s capital now in a post-Shintaro Ishihara period, the city of Beijing for the first time in 18 years has invited Tokyo’s governor to visit the Chinese capital.
Cargo containers stacked in the port of Guangzhou, Guangdong province (The Asahi Shimbun)
China's growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 percent
BEIJING--China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Confidant of Xi met with Abe in Tokyo to smooth bilateral relations
BEIJING--A Chinese pro-Japan advocate with close ties to President Xi Jinping secretly met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a weeklong visit to Japan earlier this month in an effort to mend bilateral ties, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
A haze caused by smog envelops the Beijing Japanese School and a nearby building on March 26. (Nozomu Hayashi)
Sharp fall in Japanese children at schools in China due to PM 2.5
The number of students at schools for Japanese children in Beijing and Shanghai has fallen drastically due to choking air pollution that is making life intolerable for millions of other residents as well.
Chinese naval ships visit Vladivostok to conduct a joint exercise with Russia in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China cancels fleet review, denies snub for Japan
BEIJING--China's navy on April 15 denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place.
An F-22 stealth fighter jet attempts to land after a drill on March 25 in Honolulu. (Hikaru Uchida)
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: U.S., China in 'new model' of military rivalry
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, reiterated the bilateral agreement to create “the new model of military-to-military relations,” when they appeared together in a joint press conference in Beijing on April 8.
Supporters in January protest the Communist Party and Chinese government near the Beijing courthouse where Xu Zhiyong, founder of New Citizens' Movement, is tried. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prominent Chinese activist scorns court as jail term upheld
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese rights activist expressed defiance on April 11 after a court upheld his four-year jail sentence, saying the pall of communism and dictatorship would eventually give way to freedom and justice.
A Chinese flag in the City of London in March reflects a growing number of Chinese financial institutions opening branches in one of the world's largest financial hubs. (Akira Suemori)
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: Beijing's high hopes for renminbi to rival U.S. dollar
As China pushes its renminbi as an international medium of exchange that will someday rival the U.S. dollar, European countries are trying to cash in on the currency's potential.
Lin Fei-fan, left, and Chen Wei-ting, leaders of the student protests against a trade pact with China, speak to the media during a press conference on the occupied legislature floor in Taipei on April 7. (AP Photo)
Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament
TAIPEI--Students who have occupied Taiwan's Parliament for 24 days to protest a trade pact with China planned to leave on April 10 after receiving assurances the deal they see as imperiling the island's autonomy would undergo legislative review.

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