Sep 12, 2014

¥1.4 billion in Senkaku donations left unused in Tokyo's coffers

About ¥1.4 billion collected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to purchase some of the disputed Senkaku Islands off Taiwan has not been used, metropolitan government sources said Friday. In April 2012, then Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara proposed purchasing the uninhabited islets in the East ...

Jul 31, 2014

Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan’s military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims ...

Jul 2, 2014

Diplomats in Beijing mull ways to improve Sino-Japanese ties

A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official from Tokyo and his new Chinese counterpart on Tuesday “apparently” discussed ways to improve deteriorated relations between the two countries, NHK television reported. Visiting Beijing, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, talked ...

ASEAN balks on singling out China in communique

May 12, 2014

ASEAN balks on singling out China in communique

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Southeast Asian leaders that China is slandering his country and committing dangerous violations in disputed waters, but the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) group refrained from criticizing Beijing in a summit communique released Monday. Southeast ...

May 2, 2014

Ending Asia's zero-sum games

by Koichi Hamada

Perhaps if Asia's leaders viewed East Asia's rapid economic transformation, geopolitical dynamics and historical animosities like a recenlty arrived space alien, they would see what they need to do to halt the dangerous trends.

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. warns China over 'risky' activity near Senkakus

The United States has warned China to cease engaging in a rapidly increasing number of “risky” maritime activities aimed at claiming the Japan-controlled islets in the East China Sea, a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday. The United States told China in recent high-level talks ...