Japan Coast Guard

In policy shift, Japan takes action against suspected Chinese...
A Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel approaches Chinese fishing boats suspected of operating illegally in waters 5 kilometers off Yomejima island in Tokyo's Ogasawara island chain on Nov. 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japan Coast Guard arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain Nov. 21 in a new crackdown on illegal coral poachers operating in waters around the Ogasawara island chain during...
EDITORIAL: China needs to crack down on coral poachers in Japanese ...
A flotilla of ships believed to be from China is seen in the vicinity of Torishima, an islet in the Izu island chain south of Tokyo on Nov. 1. (Satoru Semba)
Red coral, also called precious coral, which is known for its brightly colored red or pink skeleton, has been loved and valued around the world since ancient times.
Nautical charts to be revised to reflect unprecedented changes...
A dinghy of the Tenyo, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Japan Coast Guard, navigates Onagawa Bay. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--About an hour into a Japan Coast Guard hydrographic survey mission, a crew member on lookout abruptly shouted for the dinghy to stop.
Coast Guard to ramp up surveillance of Chinese coral poachers near ...
A Japan Coast Guard vessel, top, cracks down on coral poaching by Chinese fishermen off the coast of the Ogasawara chain's Chichijima island on Oct. 5. (Provided by Yokohama Coast Guard Office)
The Japan Coast Guard is dispatching a large patrol vessel to Tokyo's remote Ogasawara island chain to deter Chinese fishermen from poaching lucrative red coral.
Japan Coast Guard beefing up fleet for patrol of Senkaku Islands
The Taketomi and Nagura cutters are the latest additions to the Japan Coast Guard. (Jun Kaneko)
Even as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November, his administration is strengthening the Japan Coast Guard fleet to boost...
Coast Guard continues strong-armed tactics against Okinawa...
Japan Coast Guard officers on Sept. 12 haul in a protester from a canoe off the Henoko district of Nago that is the site for relocating the Futenma military base. (Seinosuke Iwasaki)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Skirmishes have continued between the Japan Coast Guard and anti-military base protesters for one month since the start of a geological study for the...
Seamounts in Japan's south dubbed with names of literary greats
Nobel laureate novelist Yasunari Kawabata (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Suggested by a literary-minded Japan Coast Guard member, Japan’s proposal for naming undersea mountains after a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and three Japanese literary...
Cellphone firm successfully tests base stations aboard ships at sea
Coast Guard members inspect KDDI's cellphone base station equipment installed on their patrol vessel off Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Kaname Kakuta)
Japanese telecommunications giant KDDI Corp. said it has successfully tested a base station set up on an oceangoing Japan Coast Guard vessel, which will greatly expand the...
New volcanic island in Ogasawara chain gains solidity
Smoke rises from a new volcanic island off Nishinoshima island in the Ogasawara chain on Nov. 26. (Provided by the Japan Coast Guard)
Lava is flowing in two directions from craters on a new island south of Tokyo, giving the islet further solidity and a better chance of withstanding erosion, the Japan Coast...
Japan counts on survival of new island to expand territorial waters
The Asahi Shimbun
Government officials are banking on the survival of a new island south of Tokyo to widen Japan’s territorial waters, even though expansion would be minimal and not affect...
Undersea volcano forms islet south of Tokyo
Volcanic activity continues on Nov. 21 at a new islet that was spotted near Nishinoshima island by the Japan Coast Guard the previous day. (Hiroshi Kawai)
An undersea volcanic eruption has formed an island in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, the first new land in Japanese waters in 27 years.
Rush to reach fisheries deal with Taiwan leaves many problems...
A Japan Coast Guard cutter fires water cannon at a Taiwan coast guard ship near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in September 2012. The incident occurred before the fishing pact with Taiwan was signed. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--In its rush to sign a fisheries agreement with Taiwan earlier this year, the Abe administration foreshadowed the way Japan's future security council could overrule...
Japan Coast Guard vessels and equipment in high demand in S.E....
Officials with the Vietnam Marine Police welcome crew members of the Japan Coast Guard Academy’s training vessel Kojima after it made a port call at Da Nang in central Vietnam on July 30. (Provided by the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam)
HANOI--Vietnam, locked like Japan in a territorial row with China, is showing keen interest in acquiring new patrol boats modeled after Japan Coast Guard cutters to safeguard...
Anti-terrorist drill held at second Fukushima nuclear plant
Japan Coast Guard members prepare to board a boat carrying hypothetical terrorists during a May 11 training exercise at the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant. (Pool)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--The 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant showed just how vulnerable the nation's reactors were to a natural disaster. Now,...
Coast guard to deploy retired MSDF ships to counter Chinese...
Japan Coast Guard cutters keep a close watch on Chinese surveillance ships near the Senkaku Islands in September 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a move that is bound to anger Beijing, the Japan Coast Guard is planning to use soon-to-be-mothballed Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers to bolster patrols around the...
Chinese boats harass Japanese fishing vessels near Senkakus
A Chinese government ship, left, and a Japan Coast Guard vessel in Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands on Feb. 4 (Provided by Shinobu Takasugi)
Chinese vessels chased two Japanese fishing boats in Japanese territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands in early February.
Three Chinese vessels pursue Japanese fishing boat near Senkakus
The Asahi Shimbun
The captain of a Japanese fishing boat said three Chinese government vessels chased it through Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands on Feb. 18.
China helicopters pose new threat to Senkakus sovereignty
Satoshi Morimoto, shown in December 2012, when he was defense minister (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese maritime surveillance vessels made apparent preparations last year to deploy helicopters inside Japanese territorial waters, which would have directly challenged...
Budget to strengthen SDF, Japan Coast Guard in defense of Senkakus
The Asahi Shmbun
Japan has become so intent on protecting the Senkaku Islands and laying claim to other disputed territories that it is even using official development assistance to strengthen...
Japan Coast Guard to bolster patrols around Senkaku Islands
Japan Coast Guard cutters keep a close watch on Chinese surveillance ships near the Senkaku Islands. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japan Coast Guard is planning to create a fleet of 12 cutters to patrol the waters around the Senkaku Islands in response to the constant presence there of ships affiliated ...