Senkaku Islands

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...
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.