Senkaku Islands

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 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...
Experts call for Japan-China summit, argue over Senkakus, history
Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, who now serves as minister in charge of local economy rebuilding, speaks during the 10th Tokyo-Beijing Forum on Sept. 28 in Tokyo. (Yuichiro Masumitsu)
Participants at a private-sector Japan-China forum agreed on the need for the two countries to hold a summit, but even they started bickering over territory and perceptions of...
EDITORIAL: Abe, Xi need to redesign the bilateral relationship
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida talks to reporters after his meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in New York on Sept. 25. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Expectations are growing that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet and shake hands this autumn in Beijing.
Abe says meeting with Xi a priority for peace
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NEW YORK--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said one of his strongest desires is to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic...
Chinese company displays drone, claims it took pictures of Senkakus
The Haiyao 1 unmanned surveillance aircraft displayed at the 5th UAS China Conference and Exhibition in Beijing on Sept. 17 (Nanae Kurashige)
BEIJING--A private Chinese company is displaying a drone that it says took photographs of the disputed Senkaku Islands, a claim doubted by outside observers.
INTERVIEW/ Sun Ge: Unprejudiced curiosity is needed to mend...
Sun Ge in Beijing (Photo by Tamako Sado)
BEIJING--Confrontation between Japan and China over the perception of their shared history continues to only deepen nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
China: 'No change' policy in improving ties with Japan
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China on Aug. 28 rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest...
China’s vice president calls for improved ties with Tokyo
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao says that both Tokyo and Beijing should cast aside minor differences to pursue common interests.
Chinese journalist Ma Licheng calls on Japan, China to 'tone down...
Ma Licheng, a Beijing-based journalist who criticized both Japanese and Chinese nationalism in an essay published in 2002, visited Japan in mid-July and was interviewed by The...
INSIGHT: Hints of progress after Japan-China foreign ministers...
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, center in back row, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, right in front row, attend a ceremony on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (Nozomu Hayashi)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Soon after arriving here for the ASEAN conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said “see you” when he bumped into his Japanese counterpart, Fumio...
INTERVIEW/ Bates Gill: Optimism for China’s future dims as it...
Bates Gill in Tokyo (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
A more confident and assertive China, belying its "peaceful rise" rhetoric of the past, seems increasingly less interested in pursuing constructive relations with its neighbors,...
China says Japan fighter jets shadowed its planes over disputed...
F-15 fighter jets stationed at the Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japanese fighter jets shadowed Chinese aircraft patrolling over disputed waters, China's Ministry of Defense said on Aug. 7, in the latest flare-up of a spat over air...
Defense White Paper takes aim at China's maritime provocations
A Chinese Su-27 fighter that approached Self-Defense Forces aircraft on June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
China's recent saber-rattling moves in the East China Sea are seen as a major cause for alarm in this year's Defense White Paper.
Ex-Prime Minister Fukuda meets secretly with Chinese President Xi
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In an apparent bid to end the diplomatic deadlock between Japan and China, Yasuo Fukuda, a former prime minister, used his own contacts to set up a secret meeting with Chinese...
Japan names 5 isles near Senkaku Islands; China protests
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan gave names to five small isles near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 1, drawing an immediate protest from Beijing.
Saga Airport eyed as key base for protection of islands in East...
The tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry intends to transform Saga city's commercial airport into a key military hub to protect outlying islands and counter China’s maritime advances in the East ...
DPJ leader Kaieda gets the cold shoulder in Beijing
Banri Kaieda, left, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, meets with Chinese leader Liu Yunshan, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16. (Ryutaro Abe)
BEIJING--The visiting head of Japan's main opposition party got a chilly reception in Beijing, reflecting China's anger with the Democratic Party of Japan for exacerbating a...
Abe wants to hold summit with China at APEC
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on July 14 (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on July 14 he wanted to hold a summit with China at the APEC leaders meeting in Beijing in November to improve relations strained by territorial...
INTERVIEW/ Daniel Russel: U.S. hopes China will agree to Japan’s ...
Daniel Russel (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The top Asia policymaker in the Obama administration said he believes that the watchword for territorial disputes in East Asia should be “restraint.”