Japan Coast Guard

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 ...
Taiwan fishermen report Japan patrol boats 'backing off'
This fleet of fishing boats, photographed Sept. 24, in Su-ao, Yilan county, Taiwan, headed for waters around the Senkaku Islands. (Takio Murakami)
Fishermen and officials in Taiwan say Japan's maritime agencies appear to be going soft after earlier challenging and turning back Taiwanese fishing vessels in waters some...
Chinese patrol ships enter Japan territorial waters again
A Japan Coast Guard vessel, background, maneuvers abreast of a Chinese patrol ship in a contiguous zone outside Japan's territorial waters 27 kilometers southwest of Uotsurishima, the largest of the Senkaku Islands, on Oct. 24. (Shingo Kuzutani)
Four Chinese maritime patrol ships illegally entered Japanese territorial waters Oct. 25 near the disputed Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard said.
On sea, land and in business, China increases pressure in isles...
Two Chinese marine surveillance ships, foreground right and background right, run parallel with Japan Coast Guard vessels in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Sept. 24. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
Chinese government ships roaming near Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands have become an everyday occurrence, part of Beijing’s widening efforts to exert...
Interest in Japan Coast Guard career suddenly surges
The Asahi Shimbun
Being an officer in the Japan Coast Guard is now seen as a really cool job, as shown by a surge of interest in joining the service.
UPDATE: Japan fires water cannon to turn away Taiwan boats
A Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel, left, fires water cannon at a Taiwanese fishing boat in Japan's territorial waters near Uotsurishima, one of the Senkaku Islands, at 9:59 a.m. on Sept. 25. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
Japanese Coast Guard vessels fired water cannon to turn away about 40 Taiwan fishing boats and eight Taiwan Coast Guard vessels from waters Japan considers its own on Sept. 25...