Senkaku Islands

Airborne early warning unit set up at Okinawa base to bolster...
An E-2C early warning aircraft, one of four restationed to the Air Self-Defense Force's Naha Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, on April 20 (Shinobu Imano)
NAHA--A new unit of early warning aircraft has been permanently assigned to an Air Self-Defense Force base here to bolster Japan's surveillance capabilities over its...
Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHANGHAI--The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was...
Abe, Obama to discuss stronger alliance, China at talks in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will reaffirm their commitment to a strengthened bilateral alliance when the two leaders meet in Tokyo...
DRIFTING ALLIANCE: Obama wants concession on TPP to offset Abe's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye before a trilateral summit meeting in The Hague on March 25 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
After the trilateral summit of Japan, the United States and South Korea at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in The Hague in March, President Barack Obama, who coordinated the...
Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first...
A robotics assembly plant operated by a Japanese company in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China’s Commerce Ministry said direct investments by Japanese companies in the January-March period tumbled by 47.2 percent from the same period last year due to the ...
Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension
Horses graze at a ranch on Yonagunijima island in Okinawa Prefecture in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest...
Beijing invites Tokyo governor for first time in 18 years
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during their meeting in Tokyo on March 28 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With Japan’s capital now in a post-Shintaro Ishihara period, the city of Beijing for the first time in 18 years has invited Tokyo’s governor to visit the Chinese capital.
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 ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Robert Manning and James Przystup: Obama-Abe summit ...
Robert Manning (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gear up for a timely summit, a festering sense of uncertainty and unease stalks the U.S.-Japan alliance as it...
INSIGHT: Armed Chinese fishermen landing on Senkakus? Who is...
A video shows the collision between a Chinese trawler and a Japan Coast Guard cutter in September 2010 in waters near the Senkaku Islands. (Taken from YouTube website)
A spurious defense argument is being made by proponents of reinterpreting the Constitution as part of moves to allow Japan to engage in the right to collective self-defense.
Visit to Tokyo by Xi confidant may herald better Tokyo-Beijing ties
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8 to meet with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (Shogo Koshida)
The son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang is visiting Japan in what the Abe administration hopes will be a prelude to better relations with Beijing.
U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in...
EDITORIAL: Revised textbooks fall short in objective views on...
Textbooks approved for use in elementary schools from April 2015 devote more space to territorial issues involving Japan. (The Asahi Shimbun)
References in school textbooks to Japan’s territorial disputes with its neighbors need to be more detailed and informative than those in newly approved textbooks for...
Elementary school textbooks to mention Takeshima, Senkakus from...
Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
All social studies textbooks approved for use in Japanese elementary schools from April 2015 will mention Takeshima and the Senkakus, two island groups at the center of...
Tokyo protests Xi’s reference to Nanking Massacre
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the evening reception at the Hotel InterContinental in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 29. (AP Photo)
Japan lodged a protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remark in Germany that Japanese soldiers committed a “brutal crime” by killing more than 300,000 Chinese in...
China excludes Japan's MSDF from international fleet review
Chinese sailors line up for inspection aboard the guided-missile destroyer Qingdao, right, before departure for a naval drill at a military port in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo)
The Chinese navy has not invited Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force to take part in an international fleet review that it will host in late April, government sources said.
China angrily denounces Japan for Russia-Crimea analogy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, during a G7 meeting in The Hague on March 24 (Pool)
BEIJING--China denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 28 for drawing an analogy between Russia's behaviour in Crimea and China's actions in the disputed East and ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Nozomu Hayashi: Japan's hawks help Chinese...
Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--With bilateral tensions rising over sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, nationalistic hard-liners in China are exploiting Japanese right-wing forces to oppress Chinese ...
What China’s responses to Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine tell...
On Dec. 26, 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise visit to Yasukuni Shrine. His trip to the controversial Shinto shrine made many Japanese worried about a possible...
INSIGHT: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'grey zone'...
U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in a joint drill dubbed "Dawn Blitz" on San Clemente Island off the California coast in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TOKYO/ WASHINGTON--As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry...