Senkaku Islands

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...
Japan-China talks mark successful reset, but optimism unwarranted
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, representing two neighboring countries, met in Beijing on Nov. 10, the first meeting between the leaders of ...
Abe administration suffered 'diplomatic defeat' by China with...
Ahead of the Nov. 10 meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japan and China announced on Nov. 7 a statement of consensus.
Even on agreement document, Japan, China quarreled over English...
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
BEIJING--Japan and China immediately engaged in a war of words--English words, that is--over a document released Nov. 7 to smooth the way for a summit between the leaders of...
China looms over Abe-Obama-Abbott trilateral at G-20 summit
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Nov.16 on the sidelines of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit held ...
ANALYSIS: Hotline with China only first step toward avoiding...
A Chinese military vessel receives fuel in the Pacific Ocean about 400 kilometers north of Okinotorishima island in July 2013. (Provided by Defense Ministry)
One positive development from last week’s meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping was their agreement on the need to prevent an unexpected...
INSIGHT: Praise from Japan, caution from China after Abe-Xi meeting
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their meeting in Beijing on Nov. 10. (Pool)
BEIJING--The Japan-China summit in Beijing was brief and produced no specific agreement to improve bilateral relations. But Japanese government officials and politicians were...
UPDATE: Abe, Xi hold landmark meeting in Beijing with eye toward...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping greet each other before their meeting in Beijing on Nov. 10. (Pool)
BEIJING--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally got his long sought-after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping here on Nov. 10, a first step in a likely lengthy process of...
EDITORIAL: Japan-China summit should mark fresh start of relations
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting in Beijing on Nov. 10 (Pool)
Following an unusual twist of developments, Japan and China have decided that their leaders will meet formally for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
INSIGHT: Japan, China both claim advantage in pre-summit document
A Japan Coast Guard cutter, background, tails a Chinese government ship in waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japan and China already have different interpretations of their document released on Nov. 7 ahead of a meeting next week between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese...
Japan, China compile written pledge to improve ties ahead of summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Japan and China reached a rare written agreement on Nov. 7 to improve relations strained by a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and historical...
Abe, Xi to hold talks in Beijing
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping has decided to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing next week, sources said.
Tokyo faces difficulties battling Chinese coral poachers
The Asahi Shimbun
Lawmakers have demanded a crackdown on Chinese fishermen poaching coral in Japanese waters, but the Japan Coast Guard is stretched thin and the government wants to avoid...
Still much uncertainty about Abe-Xi summit talks in Beijing
The Asahi Shimbun
With less than a week to go before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Beijing, there is still a big question mark over whether he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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.