Senkaku Islands

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...
Kishida meets with Chinese envoy to Japan for first time in more...
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, left, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held an official meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Japan for the first time in 13 months on Jan. 9, agreeing on efforts to repair...
Prime minister told Thatcher in 1982 that agreement reached with...
Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki greets visiting British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher before a meeting in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki told a visiting dignitary in 1982 that Japan and China had effectively agreed to shelve the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East ...
Chinese tourists to Japan up 80% in 2014
The Asahi Shimbun
About 2.22 million Chinese tourists visited Japan in the first 11 months of 2014, a 1.8-fold increase over the same period the previous year, despite the frosty diplomatic...
Chinese warships come closest to Senkaku Islands
A Sovremennyy-class destroyer, the same type as the one stationed about 200 kilometers north of the Senkaku Islands. This photo was provided by Xinhua News Agency. (AP Photo)
Two Chinese warships came within about 70 kilometers of the Senkaku Islands in mid-December, the closest approach since the Tokyo-Beijing feud erupted in 2012 over sovereignty...
Retiring Ishihara to speak his mind 'until the day I die'
Shintaro Ishihara announces his retirement from politics at a news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 16. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Retiring politician Shintaro Ishihara lambasted China, compared a former political partner to a young Adolf Hitler, and showed no regrets for uttering comments that have...
With an eye on China, defense spending set to rise for 3rd year in ...
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force board a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft during a training session in Yamato, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Dec. 7. (Satoru Semba)
Japan's defense spending in fiscal 2015 is set to rise for the third consecutive year, reflecting efforts to monitor the movement of Chinese vessels encroaching in territorial...
Tokyo, Beijing resume talks, but remain cautious about future...
Members of the New Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century meet in Beijing on Dec. 4, marking the first such meeting in about three years. (Nanae Kurashige)
In an apparent thaw of frosty bilateral relations in recent years, Japan and China have resumed talks at various levels following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi...