Senkaku Islands

Historical documents posted on Internet show disputed islands are...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...
'Bad guy' Ishihara on recipient list for esteemed decoration
Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara during a news conference in Tokyo on April 23 (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Shintaro Ishihara, a popular four-term Tokyo governor who has also ruffled feathers with his outspoken style, will receive a prestigious government award for contributions to...
GSDF may permanently station hundreds of troops on Okinawan island
A PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launcher that was temporarily deployed to Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture to counter a North Korean missile test in April 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry is considering permanently deploying hundreds of Ground Self-Defense Force troops to a remote Okinawan island to counter China’s maritime expansion in...
While Abe seeks to stress close ties, U.S. will be focusing on his ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24, 2014. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will stress closer ties between Tokyo and Washington in the national security and economic spheres during his visit to the United States, but it is...
Japan's defense cooperation with U.S. to expand to five areas,...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo and Washington will expand the areas of defense cooperation from the current three to five under new guidelines that clearly mention Japan’s outlying islands.
Abe praises summit with Chinese leader Xi as very productive
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their summit in Jakarta on April 22. (Pool)
JAKARTA--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 22 as “very fruitful” after they met here for the first time in five months on ...
Japan, China to discuss Tokyo’s role in AIIB at June ministerial ...
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, left, and Chinese Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Tokyo and Beijing will discuss Japan’s membership in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) during the first bilateral talks at finance minister level in...
SDF gears up for life-saving operations in combat on outlying...
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel carry an SDF member on a stretcher during a joint drill with U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California in February. (Yusuke Fukui)
The Self-Defense Forces are shifting the focus of their combat casualty evacuation care training for front-line units to bring it in line with the policy more toward defending...
Japan caught off-guard by Chinese PR blitz in U.S. over Senkaku...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 10 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Chinese Embassy officials in the United States went on a phone call frenzy in November to present their spin on a planned joint statement agreed upon just hours...
Foreign Ministry cites discovery of 'Senkaku' reference on...
The Foreign Ministry’s website page showing a Chinese map created in 1969 which says “Senkaku gunto” (Senkaku chain), the Japanese name for the disputed Senkaku Islands (Taken from the Foreign Ministry's homepage)
Japan's Foreign Ministry is crowing about the discovery of a map released by the Chinese government in 1969 that identifies the disputed Senkaku Islands by their Japanese name.
60% of Yonagunijima islanders vote for stationing of SDF unit
Construction work has started for the deployment of a Self-Defense Forces unit in Yonaguni, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koshin Shisui)
YONAGUNI, Okinawa Prefecture--About 60 percent of voters in a referendum here backed the central government’s plan to station a Self-Defense Forces unit on Japan’s...
Japan, China resume talks on emergency hotline after long hiatus
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by Japan and China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and China resumed discussions on establishing a special hotline to avoid unexpected sea and air clashes at a meeting in Tokyo on Jan. 12, more than two years after the...