Senkaku Islands

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.”
Latest E-2D Hawkeyes perfect fit for Japan's complex surveillance...
The East China Sea has become the number one global hotspot for sparring air forces. Almost daily, Japan is sending military aircraft to monitor Chinese air force planes flying ...
INTERVIEW/ Dennis Blair: China containing itself by aggressive...
Dennis Blair (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The former commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said the United States is not trying to contain China, but that Beijing is “containing itself” through its aggressive...
Japan, China reopen dialogue over economy, environmental issues
Smog enshrouds a statue of Mao Tse-tung in central Shenyang, Liaoning province, in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Governmental exchanges between economic and environmental authorities from China and Japan have resumed, in spite of the heightened political tension between the two...
Chinese general slams Japan, U.S. on final day of Asia Security...
Wang Guangzhong, China's Deputy Chief, General Staff Department, People's Liberation Army of China, delivers his speech on "Major Power Perspectives on Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific," on June 1 in Singapore during the Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--Going off-script in his speech at an Asian security conference, a high-ranking Chinese military officer blasted Japan and the United States for ganging up on Beijing,...
With Obama's visit to Japan, rebalancing strategy starting to...
U.S. President Barack Obama's tour of Asia in late April that included a visit to Japan was reassuring to the friends and allies of the United States in the region such as...
Beijing defends scrambling of fighters against SDF aircraft in...
An OP-3C surveillance plane of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
By scrambling two fighter jets to go nose to nose with Japanese surveillance planes, Beijing is apparently trying to gain recognition of its air defense identification zone in...
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...
SYMPOSIUM IN BEIJING/ 'Nontraditional' setup needed to reduce...
BEIJING--Given their current sharp political and diplomatic differences, Japan, China and South Korea should promote exchanges and cooperate in “nontraditional” areas to...
Amami-Oshima top candidate to host new SDF unit
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel conduct a landing drill in southern Nagasaki Prefecture in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Amami-Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture is a leading candidate to host a Ground Self-Defense Force unit that will be organized to defend Japanese territory in southern...
The rationale behind China's decision to establish a National...
China surprised many people with its announcement last November of plans to establish a National Security Council.
Japan, China ministers meet for first time since Abe’s Yasukuni...
Toshimitsu Motegi, the economy, trade and industry minister (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
QINGDAO, China--Trade ministers from Japan and China agreed May 17 on the need to develop business ties during the first formal Cabinet-level meeting since Prime Minister...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Beijing, Seoul wary of Abe’s move to...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China and South Korea are expressing concern over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s declaration on May 15 that he intends to lift the nation’s self-imposed ban on exercising the...
INSIGHT: China's distrust of Abe the biggest hurdle in improving...
Former Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, left, Takeshi Noda, center, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s tax panel, and Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, meet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 9. (Hitoshi Kujiraoka)
BEIJING--Chinese leaders are finally showing a willingness to open dialogue with Japan and improve relations, but one big obstacle keeps popping up: Beijing’s deep-rooted...
Obama-Abe summit: Mix of successes, missed opportunities follow...
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on April 23 with a range of challenges and opportunities on his plate. One of the principal tasks facing the U.S.-Japan alliance is ...
Japan, worried about China, strengthens ties with NATO
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hold a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 6. (AP Photo)
BRUSSELS--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, concerned about China’s rising military spending and disputes with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea, signed a new...
China open to lawmaker-level talks, seeks to know Abe’s true...
Zhang Dejiang, the Chinese Communist Party's No. 3 man, walks behind President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang during the party’s National Congress in November 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--In a positive sign toward mending relations, China indicated it was open to lawmaker-level talks with Japan to determine if the Abe administration views Beijing as a...