Jun 7, 2013

U.S. concerns eased ahead of China talks

The Abe administration’s rejection of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s revisionist views has apparently eased U.S. concerns that Japan was giving China an easy opening to exploit and drive a wedge between Washington and Tokyo. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera’s dismissal Saturday of recent remarks by ...

Japanese automakers target China's youth

Apr 23, 2013

Japanese automakers target China's youth

Despite the bilateral dispute over the Senkaku Islands, young Chinese consumers appear more concerned with product quality and safety rather than Beijing’s relations with the countries making the products. When asked about the boycott on Japanese products in China after Japan nationalized the China-claimed ...

China's choice signals focus on Tokyo

| Mar 5, 2013

China's choice signals focus on Tokyo

The Communist Party of China will appoint Wang Yi, a former ambassador to Japan who heads the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as foreign minister, an apparent sign of willingness by the leadership to improve relations with Japan, according to ...

May 22, 2012

Instant noodles praised by makers as disaster item

Noodle makers around the world underscored at a meeting in Tianjin, China, recently the strategic importance their products play during natural disasters and other crises, including the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Not only are instant noodles cheap, tasty, storable and easy to cook, ...

North sees Japanese wives as leverage

| Apr 21, 2012

North sees Japanese wives as leverage

North Korea appears to be considering using home visits by Japanese women who moved to the isolated state with their Korean husbands in a 1959-1984 repatriation project as leverage to improve relations with Tokyo. North Korea’s official media ran notes by Mitsuko Minakawa, one ...

North's planned rocket launch pits Japan, South Korea against China

Apr 7, 2012

North's planned rocket launch pits Japan, South Korea against China

Rising tensions over North Korea’s planned rocket launch next week are expected to dominate the agenda when Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba meets with his Chinese and South Korean counterparts Sunday in China. Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul likely will agree to continue calling on Pyongyang ...

North urges Noda to take action to improve ties

Sep 2, 2011

North urges Noda to take action to improve ties

The North Korean official in charge of dealing with Japan has urged incoming Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to work to improve bilateral relations, which he said are at their “worst” level because of Tokyo’s sanctions on the North. “If Noda’s new government works toward ...

Kobe quake memory stirs envoy's wife into action

May 27, 2011

Kobe quake memory stirs envoy's wife into action

Kosei Murata, the wife of the Belgian ambassador to China, was a junior journalist based in Japan when the Great Hanshin Earthquake slammed the Kobe area in January 1995. With that memory in mind, she immediately felt compelled to help victims of the March ...