Senkaku Islands

Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--In a private e-mail forwarded to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a high-ranking U.S. official asked Japan to consult with China before the Japanese...
SDF, U.S. forces worked out joint operations study plan in 2012 to ...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a top-secret plan, the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. forces worked out a plan to study joint operations in 2012 to repel an invasion of the disputed Senkaku Islands in...
Defense minister: MSDF will deal with foreign ships in territorial ...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Maritime Self-Defense Force ships will ask Chinese vessels to leave Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Jan. 12, while...
China concerns, base relocation push defense budget to record 5...
A Global Hawk unmanned surveillance plane flies to the U.S. Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With an eye on keeping China's maritime advances in check and advancing the relocation of a U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture, the government’s annual defense budget...
Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed Senkaku Islands
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island on Nov. 26 to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region close to...
A flurry of kicks and slaps that would make Bruce Lee proud:...
Trainees from Malaysia and the Philippines participate in the Japan Coast Guard's seiatsu-jutsu training at the Japan Coast Guard School Moji Branch in Kita-Kyushu on Oct. 27. (Jun Kaneko)
KITA-KYUSHU--The thud of bodies landing on tatami mats echoed with shouts of "Don't move, freeze!" and "Hands in the air!" This, clearly, was no ordinary martial arts session.
Japan, China to discuss avoiding maritime encounters next month
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japanese and Chinese officials will meet next month to discuss contentious maritime issues, including how to avoid unexpected clashes in the East China Sea.
Defense Ministry: Chinese Navy gathered intelligence near Senkaku...
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Chinese Navy intelligence ship apparently engaged in information-gathering activities in waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands on Nov. 12, the Defense Ministry reported.
Japan, China break defense deadlock, seek crisis management...
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--The defense chiefs of Japan and China met here Nov. 4 for the first time in over four years and agreed on the need to prevent an unintended military conflict...
Japan vows cooperation with U.S. in South China Sea but faces...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a news conference following their summit meeting in Washington on April 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan said it will work with the United States amid increasing tensions with China in the South China Sea, but Japanese defense officials were struggling to determine how to...
China arrested Japanese man on island where Beijing is building up ...
Foreigners are among visitors to Nanji Island off Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, in China on Oct. 2. (Kim Soon-hi)
NANJI ISLAND, China--One of the Japanese men seized by China for spying was arrested on the Nanji islands, where China is believed to be building a military outpost, sources...
Historical documents posted on Internet show disputed islands are...
One of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government posted more than 200 documents online Aug. 28 to back up its claim that the disputed Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are inherent Japanese territory.
Beijing lashes out at defense white paper depiction of 'Chinese...
A model of a maritime platform used for petroleum exploration in the South China Sea is one of the items on display at a defense industry exhibition held in Beijing. (Nanae Kurashige)
China's foreign and defense ministries went on the offensive late on July 21 for what they criticized as needless provocations in Japan's defense white paper, released only...
EDITORIAL: Defense white paper shows that security legislation can ...
A Japan Coast Guard ship, right, monitors the activities of a Chinese government vessel near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 15, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Where, really, was the urgency to railroad national security bills through the Lower House in the absence of public support?
Criticism of China a constant in annual defense white paper
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani responds to Diet questioning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although criticism of China loomed large in this year's Defense Ministry's white paper, which was released July 21, the report also mentions the importance of direct dialogue...
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson: Japan-China...
Since September 2012, two concrete drivers of Sino-Japanese tensions have soared to unprecedented highs: Chinese military and paramilitary activity in the waters and airspace...
Deal with Chinese threat by supporting market economy, encouraging ...
The Shinzo Abe administration submitted legislation for a new security policy to the Diet on May 15, stirring debate over its pros and cons in Japan.
Japan, Philippines to step up security ties to deter Chinese...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III after they signed a joint statement June 4 in Tokyo (Pool)
Tokyo and Manila have intensified their united front against China’s expanding military presence in the East and South China Seas by agreeing to deepen security ties.
EDITORIAL: Pu's captivity a prime example of China's crackdown on...
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Chinese authorities indicted lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a well-known human rights defender living in Beijing, earlier this month. It is an unjust action against a conscientious...
All signs point to delicate thaw in Japan-China relations
In April, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held his second informal summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Jakarta on the sidelines of the 60th anniversary of...