TPP on Biden's agenda during visit next month

Nov 5, 2013

TPP on Biden's agenda during visit next month

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Japan, China and South Korea in the first week of December, to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials, the White House said Monday. Biden, who will ...

Nov 4, 2013

SDF to stage Miyako surface-to-ship missile drill

The Self-Defense Forces will conduct a drill on Okinawa’s Miyako Island using surface-to-ship missiles. The first such SDF drill on the island comes amid China’s increasing muscle-flexing near the Senkaku Islands, which are under the jurisdiction of Okinawa Prefecture. Members of the Ground Self-Defense ...

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Oct 30, 2013

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi pressed U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a summit in 1957 to consider setting a deadline for returning Okinawa, saying the Japanese public might otherwise become nervous about U.S. intentions, according to diplomatic records declassified Wednesday. The talks, 15 years ...

AirAsia inn woos foreigners to Naha

Oct 28, 2013

AirAsia inn woos foreigners to Naha

by Keisuke Iwata

A budget hotel chain affiliated with Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia is seeking to draw Southeast Asian tourists to Japan after opening its first hotel in the country in August. The Tune Hotels chain opened the 140-room hotel in Okinawa after refurbishing an existing facility ...

Nakaima defies Nago base plan advocates

Oct 9, 2013

Nakaima defies Nago base plan advocates

by Eric Johnston

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima resisted pressure Tuesday by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to allow the Futenma base relocation to move forward. But Nakaima, who must decide whether to approve a central government application to begin the necessary landfill work ...

Typhoon plows into China; thousands evacuated

Oct 7, 2013

Typhoon plows into China; thousands evacuated

Typhoon Fitow barrelled into China’s east coast early Monday, packing winds of more than 200 kph after hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated, state media reported. At least two people were reported killed, both near Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News ...

Oct 4, 2013

Onodera, Kishida to state case in Okinawa

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will visit Okinawa next week to brief Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on measures to reduce the heavy concentration of U.S. military bases in Japan, government sources said Friday. Kishida and Onodera are expected to again ...

Oct 4, 2013

Kishida assures Kerry on South, Syria, WMDs

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed Japan’s policy on South Korea in a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, saying Tokyo regards its relationship with Seoul as “extremely important,” a Japanese official said. Kishida’s remarks during the bilateral talks Thursday in Tokyo come as ...