Senkaku

The reality of geopolitics: Enemies do become friends
In his renowned work "How Enemies Become Friends," Charles A. Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., explored how nations...
SDF should not patrol the South China Sea
Japan and the United States are trying to redefine their alliance. Put simply, under the deal, Japan would shoulder some of the roles the U.S. military has carried out around...
China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with Japan face a "test" this year linked to whether Japan can properly atone for its wartime past, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15.
It is about time leaders of Japan and China showed real...
To the outside world, the standoff over the Senkaku cluster of islands, Diaoyu in Chinese, is so bizarre as to draw comparisons with Gulliver's Travels. How can giants China...
Japan’s SDF to assist U.S. military globally under new guidelines
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines hold a ceremony to kick off a joint drill at the Sekiyama training site in Niigata Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the United States will eliminate existing geographical constraints under their revised defense cooperation framework to enable the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to...
Chinese fighters come within meters of Japan military planes
A Chinese military SU-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Force aircraft on May 24 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, Japanese officials said on May 25, prompting the defense minister to...
Confidant of Xi met with Abe in Tokyo to smooth bilateral relations
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)
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 ...
South Korea, China condemn Japan over textbooks in latest row
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visits Takeshima islets in August 2012. (Provided by The Dong-a Ilbo)
SEOUL/BEIJING--South Korea and China on April 4 condemned new Japanese textbooks that say that islands at the center of separate territorial disputes belong to Japan, the...
Abe at Davos: Beware the media’s mistranslation
As mentioned on a number of occasions, because of his notoriously hawkish stance on international relations issues, particularly those relating to Japan’s East Asian...
POINT OF VIEW: Tough times for Chinese students studying Japanese
Chinese students prepare for Japanese college entrance exams at the Kansai Gogen Gakuin language school in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward in July 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
About 1 million Chinese are currently studying Japanese in China. But current tensions over the Senkaku Islands and a past war have made it difficult for the students to learn...
REALITY CHECK: What the Senkakus issue entails for Washington
The Asahi Shimbun
On Sept. 8, 2012, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sat across from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a long, narrow table with plastic bottles of water separated the two...
Senior U.S. diplomat: Growing concern with China's behavior at sea
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States has growing concerns that China's maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea are an effort to gain creeping control of oceans in the...
Teaching manuals modified to describe Senkakus, Takeshima as...
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The education ministry said Jan. 28 it has revised practice manuals for school curriculum guidelines to underscore the government's position that the disputed Senkaku Islands...
China sent 50 maritime patrol missions to Senkakus in 2013
A Japan Coast Guard ship, back, monitors the activities of a Chinese government vessel in the contiguous zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China sent 50 patrol missions into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in 2013, the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted...
Japan, France agree on development, exports of weapons
Japanese and French ministers attend a news conference in Paris on Jan. 9 following the "two-plus-two" dialogue. From left: Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--Japan agreed with France to set up joint committees to discuss development of military equipment and management of weaponry exports in hopes of containing China’s...
Japan Coast Guard rescues Chinese man trying to land on Senkakus
A hot-air balloon drifts near Uotsurishima island in the East China Sea on Jan. 1. (Provided by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
NAHA--The Japan Coast Guard on Jan. 1 rescued a Chinese cook adrift at sea after he failed to land on the disputed Senkaku Islands in a hot-air balloon, officials said.
Are Japan-China relations trapped in the past?
Although generally speaking, news on Japan-China relations in the German media is relatively scarce, a few topics related to tense relations over history, namely visits to...
China's shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C surveillance aircraft patrols near Uotsurishima Island, one of the Senkaku Islands, in this 2011 photo. (Pool)
When leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia gather in Tokyo this week, the elephant in the room will be a nation that is not invited: China.
Japan, U.S. vow to not allow Chinese attempt to change status quo...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Dec. 3. Biden, who is on the first leg of his three-nation Asian tour, met Abe, whose government is pressing the U.S. to more actively take Japan's side in an escalating dispute over China's new air defense zone above a set of contested islands in the East China Sea. (Pool)
Standing side by side in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden voiced strong opposition on Dec. 3 to China's new air defense zone above a set of...
PM Abe: U.S. did not ask airlines to comply with China's air...
All Nippon Airways (ANA) aircraft are shown on the runway at Narita Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. Japanese carriers ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines are flying through a newly established Chinese air defense zone over the East China Sea without informing China, under an agreement with Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied U.S. media reports that Washington asked domestic airlines to comply with Chinese demand to notify Beijing before they fly through China’s...