Oct 14, 2014

Japan, China eye resumption of maritime talks by end of month

Japan and China are considering resuming negotiations for a maritime communications mechanism involving defense authorities, possibly by the end of the month, sources said Tuesday. The envisaged mechanism is aimed at preventing unintended maritime collisions around the Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by Beijing ...

Aug 26, 2014

H.K. fishing boat carrying Senkaku sovereignty advocates to set sail

A fishing boat carrying Hong Kong-based activists asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands will set sail again Tuesday following a failed attempt late Monday. “About two dozen marine police officers climbed on our boat, broke into the wheelhouse and forced us to stop ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...