| Mar 4, 2014

Talks with North bring hope

An informal intergovernmental meeting between Japanese and North Korean officials in Shenyang on Monday has rekindled hope for addressing issues of concern between the two countries, including Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Details of the talks, which lasted for ...

Calmer heads need to prevail, Chinese experts warn

Jun 23, 2013

Calmer heads need to prevail, Chinese experts warn

With tensions over the Senkaku Islands showing no signs of subsiding, Beijing appears determined to keep sending vessels into the waters near the Japan-administered chain to stake its claim to the area. Just as Japanese ships patrol waters around the uninhabited islets in the ...

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 ...