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/ | 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 ...

U.S. urges pragmatic rapprochement

/ | Feb 18, 2014

U.S. urges pragmatic rapprochement

Backed by U.S. engagement, Japan and South Korea appear to have started initiatives to, in Washington’s words, “put history behind them and move the relationship forward” in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

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 ...

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 ...