Mar 6, 2008

Hu's visit faces delay until May

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Tokyo may have to wait until May instead of mid-April because of the increasingly bitter dispute over pesticide-tainted meat-and-vegetable ‘gyoza” dumplings from China, government sources said Wednesday. Government officials are increasingly concerned that a disagreement between Japanese and ...

Mar 5, 2008

Freighter dings MSDF destroyers in Vietnam

Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers were hit by a Vietnamese freighter Tuesday at the port of Ho Chi Minh City, the second accident there in two days involving MSDF vessels, MSDF officials said. The successive collisions occurred at 9:27 a.m. Japan time, the MSDF ...

Feb 28, 2008

Rice states regrets for alleged rape of teen in Okinawa

Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed her deepest regrets to Japan on Wednesday over the alleged Feb. 10 rape of a 14-year-old Okinawa girl by a U.S. Marine. “I earlier had had a chance to express the regret to the prime minister ...

Feb 22, 2008

Hill rues U.S. forces discipline lapse, tough on North

Visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill expressed his regret Thursday to Japanese government officials in Tokyo over the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Okinawa girl by a U.S. Marine last week. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Shinichi Nishimiya, director general of ...

MSDF destroyer cuts fishing trawler in half

Feb 20, 2008

MSDF destroyer cuts fishing trawler in half

A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer cut a small trawler in two before dawn Tuesday in the Pacific about 40 km off Chiba Prefecture, and the boat’s father-and-son crew were missing. The two fishermen are believed to be Haruo Kichisei, 58, and his 23-year-old son, ...

U.S. sets up task force over Okinawa rape case

Feb 15, 2008

U.S. sets up task force over Okinawa rape case

The United States Forces Japan set up a task force of top brass to review and reinforce its sexual-harassment and assault-prevention programs as resentment builds over the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by a U.S. Marine in Okinawa, its commander said Thursday. Speaking ...

Pollen set to come out of hibernation

| Feb 13, 2008

Pollen set to come out of hibernation

For sufferers of “kafunsho” (pollen allergy), it’s hay fever season again. The past decades have seen more and more people suffer allergic reactions to pollen, especially from Japan’s millions of cedar trees. According to the Environment Ministry, cedar pollen levels this spring in eastern ...

Feb 13, 2008

Okinawa rape case sparks resentment

A U.S. Marine who allegedly raped a 14-year-old Okinawa girl was turned over to prosecutors Tuesday in a case that has prompted government officials to voice outrage and warn the incident could affect the Japan-U.S. alliance and the reorganization of U.S. bases in the ...

Lee gives Japan hope for united front against North

Feb 8, 2008

Lee gives Japan hope for united front against North

The inauguration of a new South Korean administration this month will bring Tokyo, Seoul and Washington closer to a unified position on how to deal with North Korea, while Japan’s concerns that it might be left behind by the U.S. diminish as Pyongyang delays ...

Feb 7, 2008

'Gyoza' poisoned after leaving factory: China

The head of the Chinese delegation in Japan for talks over recent food poisonings said Wednesday he believes the Chinese-made frozen “gyoza” dumplings were deliberately tainted with pesticide after being shipped from the factory and not during the production process. Speaking at a joint ...